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House Vote Today on Budget, Defunding Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC -- Republicans in the House of Representatives are placing a bet today. They're gambling Democrats want to avoid a government shut down more than they want to see Obamacare be implemented.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Republicans in the House of Representatives are placing a bet today.  They're gambling Democrats want to avoid a government shut down more than they want to see Obamacare be implemented. 

House Republicans are taking a strong stand against Obamacare.  "I think our position is very clear, this law is a trainwreck," says Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), the Speaker of the House.

The House is expected to pass a bill today that would keep the government running, but it cuts off funding for the president's healthcare law.

"Any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead.  Dead," warns Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Majority Leader.

The vote sets the stage for a showdown between Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate.

"We're sending a strong message to the House, we will not blink," stressed Sen. Chuck  Schumer (D-NY)

"I expect my Senate colleagues to do everything they can, to defund this law, just like the House is going to do," Boehner insisted.

The two sides fewer than two weeks to compromise, or face a partial government shutdown beginning October 1.  Most agree, that could hurt a struggling economy and some political careers.

Government services like museums and national parks could close and hundreds of thousands of government workers could be forced to stay home without pay.

Lawmakers in both parties could end up paying the price.

"If you're an incumbent candidate heading into 2014, I don't think any swing voters in either Republican or Democratic leaning, want to see that there is a government shut down," says Kevin Cirilli, reporter for POLITICO.

Polls show more Americans would blame Republicans for a shutdown than Democrats, which is why some Republican Senators call the House gamble a bad bet.

Many in the GOP say that if they can't de-fund Obamacare with the budget battle, they will try again during the debate about raising the nation's debt limit.


(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)

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