White House slams Congress over budget impasse
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House slammed a Republican plan on Saturday to temporarily fund the US government while delaying implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
A vote on the measure is expected in the House of Representatives later Saturday. The White House warned the move would guarantee a shutdown of federal agencies after the fiscal year ends late Monday.
"Any member of the Republican Party who votes for this bill is voting for a shutdown," said a statement from White House spokesman Jay Carney.
"It's time for the House to listen to the American people and act, as the Senate has, in a reasonable way to pass a bill that keeps the government running and move on." If unresolved, the funding impasse would require hundreds of thousands of federal workers to stay home.