House GOP Considers Options on Possible Shutdown 9/26/13
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressure is building on fractious House Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, as the Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund Obamacare from the bill.
As the Senate telegraphed its moves, House Republicans considered an array of imperfect options on both a temporary spending bill required to avert a shutdown and a separate measure to permit the government to borrow almost $1 trillion to keep paying its bills.
Lawmakers face a midnight Monday deadline to complete a stopgap spending bill. The timeline is daunting since delays in the Senate could mean the first partial shutdown since the 1995-96 government closures. Tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas promises to filibuster any bill in the Senate that doesn't block Obamacare.