Clock Ticking Down on Government Shutdown

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It's game time in the nation's capitol as the Congress plays badminton with the budget.

In a 54-46 vote, the Senate swatted a second measure back to House Speaker John Boehner after stripping out a provision delaying Obamacare for a year.

Now, everyone's waiting for Boehner's next serve as time is running out. Lawmakers don't appear to be any closer to a resolution on a spending bill to keep the government running.

Will the House give up or take another whack at Obamacare? CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody answers this and more from Capitol Hill, on Newswatch, Sept. 30.

Republican legislators are determined to use the bill to delay Obamacare, or at least parts of it, while Democrats and the president are refusing to negotiate.

It's a battle to see who will budge first.

"Your hate for this president is coming before the love of this country because if you love this country you would not be closing it down," Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., said, addressing Republicans.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., countered by saying, "We're fighting for the American people."

Without some kind of deal, a partial government shutdown will take effect at midnight tonight.

Over the weekend, the halls of both the House and Senate were dark. No negotiations and no emergency meetings took place.

The demands of each party are clear, with neither willing to compromise.  

"The polls are overwhelming -- that people all across this country want to see this law delayed," said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., CNN reported.

"They recognize it's not ready for primetime," she said. "The wheels are falling off. Even the administration, this week, was issuing the delay of this small business enrollment online. They delayed the employer mandate. And now, we need them to take action to delay this bill for a year."

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., told Fox News' host Chris Wallace on Sunday, "It is wrong to do a shutdown of government as the lever to make change."

If the clock runs out, close to 800,000 federal workers will be told to stay home, government services will slow down, and some government offices will close. 

It's not clear if the House will eventually back off its efforts to slow Obamacare and keep the government running.

"This law is a train wreck," Fox News' Mike Lee said. "It's been described as much by its author in the Senate. And we can't move forward….we can't simply allow this train wreck to happen."

If the government shuts down, it will be the first time in nearly two decades. The White House estimates the overall cost at $2 billion.

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