WASHINGTON - With the clock ticking closer toward a government shutdown, congressional lawmakers are engaged in partisan ping pong over a budget to keep the federal government operating past midnight, the start of the new fiscal year.
The Senate has voted once again to reject a resolution by House Republicans that would fund the government but delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate acted within moments to kill the latest House offering.
As lawmakers squabbled, President Barack Obama urged House Republicans to abandon demands he said were designed to "save face after making some impossible promises to the extreme right of their party."
He also warned that shutting the government down puts the recovering economy at risk.
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