The House is scheduled to meet this weekend to plot its next move after the Senate on Friday fought back efforts from conservatives to defund the Affordable Care Act. As our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Michael Scotto reports, it's looking more likely that the government will shut down Tuesday morning.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Shortly after the Senate passed a spending plan that keeps the Affordable Care Act intact, the President issued a warning to House republicans.
"Do not shut down the government. Do not shut down the economy," President Obama said.
The Senate plan is now on its way back to the House, where lawmakers will meet this weekend to discuss their next move. It's expected republicans will seek to make changes to the bill.
One proposal would continue to fund the government, but eliminate Obamacare exemptions for members of Congress and delay for one year the mandate requiring individuals carry insurance.
"What I'm talking about is let's delay it, let's call a timeout. Overwhelming support from people across all spectrums," said Representative Tom Reed.
Democrats, however, are likely to reject such a move, setting the stage for a government shutdown next week.
Representative Paul Tonko said, "I'm convinced that this is being driven by the fear that this Obamacare, as they call it, will be successful and this is their last effort possible to end the opportunity to provide affordable accessible quality healthcare for all."
Adding to the drama over a possible shutdown is the potential for a government default in mid October. At this point, there is no agreement on how to raise the debt ceiling.
The outcome to the government funding showdown could play a role in how lawmakers tackle the debt limit. The President has said he won't negotiate over it. Republicans have said he will have to. A default could send the economy into a tailspin.