Washington (CNN) – Less than 48 hours before a shutdown of the federal government would begin, House Republican leaders remained defiant in their effort to chip away at Obamacare - with one member of the House GOP leadership insisting the House will continue its effort to undermine the health care law and another faulting the Democratically controlled Senate for not working on Sunday.
In a move that makes a shutdown appear very likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday proposed an alternative way to avert a government shutdown, saying the two chambers of Congress should go to conference on the short-term spending bill at the center of the current stalemate.
"Why don't we have a conference committee on this? You could appoint one today. They could meet tomorrow and hash out the differences. That's the way it's supposed to work," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton, who sat in the Oval Office during the last government shutdown, supports President Barack Obama's refusal to negotiate with congressional Republicans and argues he should call their "bluff" as the government nears a possible shutdown and default.
"He could stop it, but the price of - the current price of stopping it is higher than the price of letting the Republicans do it and taking their medicine," he said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
Washington (CNN) - Howard Dean, a former governor and physician and a proponent of the federal health care law, acknowledged Sunday that some businesses will inevitably drop health insurance coverage for their employees.
"Small businesses are going to dump their employees into the exchange. I think that's a good thing," the former Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont said on CNN's "State of the Union." "To separate employment from health insurance, that's something conservatives have wanted to do for a long time until recently, and I think that's going to happen as a result of this bill."
Washington (CNN) - A high-ranking House Republican blasted Majority Leader Harry Reid for not calling the Senate back to Capitol Hill on Sunday as the government teeters on the edge of a possible shutdown.
The Republican-controlled House tossed another bill back to the Senate around midnight to avert a shutdown but chisel away at Obamacare. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state said Sunday the country's fate now rests in the Senate's hands.
Washington (CNN) - Between them, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden boast almost 70 years' experience in public life. But a new poll out of Iowa indicates their deep résumés may work against them if either elects to run for president in 2016.
A Des Moines Register poll of the state's Democratic adults shows that, when asked what kind of candidate would have the best chance of winning a race for the nation's highest office, 50% said they want a "fresh face who will represent a new generation with new ideas."
Washington (CNN) – The Department of Veterans Affairs clarified itself Saturday, saying that if a government shutdown occurs, and lasts at least a month, not all compensation and pension payments would continue.
“Those benefits are provided through appropriated mandatory funding, and that funding will run out by late October. At that point, VA will be unable to make any payments,” spokeswoman Victoria Dillon said in a statement to CNN.
Washington (CNN) - House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.
A senior House leadership aide confirmed that development.
The so-called “conscience clause” would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds. That prominently includes birth control, which most insurers are required to provide for free under current Obamacare rules.
Washington (CNN) - Harry Reid is never one to mince words.
The Senate majority leader made it abundantly clear Saturday that a House vote on the two proposed amendments to the Senate-passed continuing resolution, which funds the Affordable Care Act, is "pointless" and that a revised bill would go nowhere in the upper chamber, declaring that "the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A government shutdown looked increasingly likely on Saturday as Republican leaders said the House would vote on two potentially deal-killing amendments to the stopgap spending bill the Senate passed Friday.
"The American people don't want a government shutdown and they don't want Obamacare," House Republican leaders said in statement.