House conservatives hold firm as US government shutdown looms
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With conservative House Republicans promising not to back down on an emergency spending Bill in a push to defund United States President Barack Obama's health-care reform law, the US government edged closer on Saturday to its first shutdown since 1996.
Although a last-minute temporary solution including a possible 10-day extension of government funding had been raised on Friday, there were no signs Democrats and Republicans could reach a deal before the Oct 1 deadline.
No negotiations appeared to be underway between the two sides.
The Senate, as expected, passed on Friday a straightforward emergency-funding measure to keep the government running through Nov 15, after stripping out Republican language to end funding for the 2010 health-care law known as Obamacare.