House Dumps Obamacare, Keeps Gov't Running

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The House has voted to fund the government for another 75 days, beginning next month. But with one big catch: no funding for Obamacare.
Now Democrats are seeing red.

"This place is a mess," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said.

"I've never seen a group of people more extreme than the hard-right Republicans in the House right now," Sen. Chuck Shumer, D-N.Y., charged.

"We had a victory today for the American people.  And frankly, we also had a victory today for common sense," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.

According to a recent NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, 44 percent of Americans think the president's health care law is a bad idea. Only 31 percent think it's a good idea.

But the top Senate Democrat said he and his colleagues will stop GOP plans to starve the measure.

"I want to be absolutely crystal clear: any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead, dead. It's a waste of time, as I said before," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said.

Although President Obama blames Republicans for threats to shut down the government, he has said he'll veto any measure that holds up his health care plan. 

And he told a crowd in Kansas City he'll fight the Republicans tooth and nail.

"I don't mind them disagreeing with me," the president told the audience. "They don't like the Affordable Care Act, they'd rather people not have health insurance? You know, I'm happy to have that debate with them. But you don't have to threaten to blow the whole thing up just because you don't get your way."

Money to keep the government going runs out at the end of September. And that virtually guarantees that next week will produce another royal battle on Capitol Hill.

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