US parties at loggerheads over budget plan

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

    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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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