With a partial government shutdown looming next week, Senate Democrats passed a short-term spending bill Friday that preserves funding for the federal health care law and sets up a showdown with the House, where the Republican majority appears uncertain on how to proceed.
With House Republicans scheduled to huddle Saturday to discuss their options, President Barack Obama tried Friday to pressure them to accept the Senate bill. He accused them of “appeasing the tea party” by calling for a cut-off of money for the health care law.
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- Senate bill goes to House, which may or may not consider it.
- House Republicans scheduled to meet Saturday to discuss options.
- If bill to keep government running is not passed by both chambers and signed by president by Monday, federal government shuts down Tuesday.