US government shutdown likely over Obamacare row
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US government was in deadlock on Sunday after the House of Representatives approved a Republican bill that attempts to delay President Barack Obama's health-care law.
Congress now has less than 48 hours to strike a deal that keeps the government open, but the ping-ponging of legislation is making that unlikely.
The House measure funds the government at current levels until mid-December, but also includes a one-year delay of the president's signature health reforms - dubbed Obamacare - and the repeal of a tax on medical devices.
The measure needs approval in the Senate, where Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid has said it will be rejected.