Time's running out to strike a budget deal before the federal government's fiscal year ends at midnight. The Senate has rejected amendments attached to a House-passed spending bill that would delay Obamacare by one year and eliminate tax on medical devices and sent the bill back to the House.
FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson reports from Washington:
For Republicans, the mandate is very clear:
(Thune) "Do something I think the American people want to see us to do, and that is delay the effects of this harmful law."
South Dakota Senator John Thune on the GOP effort to use the Continuing Resolution as a way to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act.
On the greater question of funding the federal government, Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine says both the House and Senate have passed budget bills, but:
(Kaine) "The Republicans have blocked us from going into a budget conference for now six and a half months. You fix it in a budget conference, not with a government shutdown."
Both bodies must pass a Continuing Resolution by midnight -- but there's little evidence they can resolve their differences.
In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.
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The clock may be running out, but President Obama says there is still time to avoid a government shutdown.
FOX News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz reports from the White House:
(President Obama) "I am not at all resigned."
Just hours before the deadline, President Obama in the Oval Office saying he's not willing to call a shutdown inevitable. The President urging House Republicans to follow the Senate and pass a temporary funding bill without other issues attached and he denies that he's unwilling to negotiate with Republicans.
(President Obama) "I am not only open to but eager to have negotiations."
But the White House position that no negotiations can be had over funding Obamacare or the upcoming debt ceiling remains in effect.
(President Obama) "Certainly we can't have any kind of meaningful negotiations under the cloud of potential default."
At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.