[QODLink]
Americas

US parties at loggerheads over budget plan

House Republicans pass spending plan against health care law, pushing government towards shutdown and possible default.

Last Modified: 21 Sep 2013 11:49
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

House Republicans turned up the political heat by passing a spending plan that defunds President Barack Obama's health care law, a ploy that pushes government toward shutdown and possible default.

Congress now has just nine days to breach an ideological divide and approve a short-term federal budget before several government agencies and  programmes shutter at the beginning of fiscal year 2014 on October 1.

Legislators voted on Friday along party lines 230-189 to fund government operations at current levels through December 15, setting up a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate, which will consider - and almost certainly reject - the measure next week.

Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington.

108

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
Local painters forgo experimentation to cater to growing number of foreign buyers.
Cyprus is a tax haven and has long attracted wealthy Russians, but it could become a European energy hub.
Palestinians in Gaza have been shocked by the scale of Israeli destruction, as long-term truce efforts continue.
The Positive Action Foundation Philippines, manned by HIV-positive staff, provides care to those who have no one else.
A former rebel's museum keeps alive memories of the July 26, 1953 veterans who launched Cuba's revolution.
join our mailing list