Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, as the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate stand at an impasse with Congress continuing to struggle over how to fund the government and prevent a possible shutdown. The Democratic-led Senate was ready Friday to approve legislation to keep the U.S. government running, but disputes with the Republican-run lower chamber of Congress ensured that the battle would spill over into the weekend, as a potential shutdown hurtles closer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate Republicans want to end government-provided health care coverage to members of Congress, all their aides, presidential appointees and even the president and vice president.
That's the latest GOP condition on averting a government shutdown, and it's not likely to succeed.
Senate Democrats have rejected it, and President Barack Obama has issued a veto threat. The proposal would give about 18,000 people a pay cut of as much as $11,000. The government would continue to pay about three-fourths of the health care costs of the other 8 million or so federal employees who get their health insurance from the government.
Republican supporters say congressional and executive branch officials should not get special privileges. Opponents say the proposal is an unfair attack on some public servants, while sparing others.
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