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Shutdown clock ticks as House delays CR vote

The House will wait until next week before it considers a vote on a stopgap funding bill would avoid a government shutdown after the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

The House will wait until next week before it considers a vote on a stopgap funding bill would avoid a government shutdown after the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, reports Government Executive. The continuing resolution (CR) would fund the government until Dec. 15.

The cause for the delay appears to be intra-party politics between Republican House leadership and tea party Republicans concerning another resolution tied to the CR that would defund the Affordable Care Act, the article notes.

House leadership now will use the delay to try to work with the tea party faction to get enough votes to pass a CR, keep the government open, and avoid a public backlash they fear could affect the party if a shutdown occurs. Time is short, the article notes—the House is scheduled to adjourn for the week of Sept. 23, and is not slated to return until Sept. 30.

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