US House votes to fund government, delay Obamacare
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The House of Representatives approved a controversial Republican measure early Sunday that avoids a looming US government shutdown but delays President Barack Obama's health care law for one year.
The bill assures a stalemate with the Senate, whose Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would not pass legislation that defunded or delayed so-called "Obamacare," and brings the federal government dramatically closer to its first shutdown in 17 years.
The White House also insisted the president would veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
A divided House held hours of raucous debate during a rare Saturday session, when lawmakers often pointed blame at one another for a likely shutdown.