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Shutdown showdown intensifies over Obamacare delay

The White House and congressional Democrats say House approval of a delay in President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement regarding the budget fight in Congress and foreign policy challenges, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House and congressional Democrats say House approval of a delay in President Barack Obama's health care law does nothing but push the government closer to a partial shutdown in less than 48 hours.

The Republican-run House voted 231-192 early Sunday to delay Obamacare for a year while also providing funds so federal offices won't have to close Tuesday morning.

Democrats oppose the health care delay and another provision: A repeal of a medical device tax that helps finance the 2010 health care overhaul.

With the political stakes mounting with each tick of the clock, the White House says Obama will veto the measure if it reaches his desk.

It's doubtful it will get that far - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it will die in his chamber.


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