US shutdown likely as House Republicans amend budget bill
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Setting up a high-stakes political showdown, the US House votes on Saturday on a Republican plan that keeps government open through mid-December but delays implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law.
But Democrats made it clear that such a move will almost certainly result in a shutdown of federal agencies after the fiscal year ends Monday night.
House Speaker John Boehner gathered his caucus and convened a rare Saturday session as Congress struggled to break a funding impasse that, if unresolved, would require hundreds of thousands of federal workers to stay home.
More than a million US military personnel would remain on duty, but with no pay until a spending deal is reached.