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


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.