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House passes CR, defunds ACA

The House of Representatives voted Sept. 20 to temporarily continue funding of federal agencies and programs—but the same partisan bill proposes also to defund the highly politicized Affordable Care Act signed into law three years ago.

The House of Representatives voted Sept. 20 to temporarily continue funding of federal agencies and programs—but the same partisan bill proposes also to defund the highly politicized Affordable Care Act signed into law three years ago.

The House bill would continue federal funding of agencies in fiscal 2014 through December at the same level as currently. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

A Senate version of the CR is scheduled for debate beginning the week of Sept. 23. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and others in the majority leadership in that chamber have warned that any bill that does not contain funding for the ACA will not pass.

Sharp partisanship over whether to fund the ACA or not is causing deadlock in Congress—and with only days to go before the beginning of the new fiscal year—could result in a failure to pass any CR and a government shutdown. 

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