The U.S House of Representatives have passed a spending bill that would continue to fund the federal government and put measures in place to defund the Affordable Care Act.
Now, the real debate begins.
According to the USA Today on Sept. 20, the Republican-controlled House voted 230-189 along party lines to continue to fund the federal government through mid-December and defund the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature legislation.
But the bill is certainly dead on arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to strip out the health care language and punt the bill back to the House that will simply extend current spending. President Obama has also threaten to veto the bill if it included language to defund the health care law.
If a deal is not reached before October 1, the federal government will partially shut down until a budget or new spending bill has been passed. The shutdown will not be felt immediately by most Americans, as Social Security, Medicare, mail delivery and air traffic control will continue to operate as normal. But national parks and museums will be closed and agency operations would slow down or stop altogether.
House Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly said that he and his caucus do not want a government shutdown.