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Senate Rejects House Conditions On Spending Bill

1:53 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) arrives at the U.S. Capitol as Congress remains gridlocked over legislation to continue funding the federal government September 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution with language to defund U.S. President Barack Obama's national health care plan two days ago, but Reid has indicated the Senate will not consider the legislation as passed by the House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON -- The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill.

On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating. The Senate also stripped a provision that would have eliminated the tax on medical devices.

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House Republicans had added the provisions early Sunday morning in their campaign to undo Obama's signature domestic program.

The vote came less than 10 hours before a possible shutdown and with no compromise in sight. Democrats - and a few Republicans - are pressing for the House to approve a straightforward spending bill with no conditions.

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