Clock Ticks on Deadlocked Congress

With Congress unable to reach an agreement, shutdown appears to be inevitable. The latest: Obama speaks.

Sen. Harry Reid (Alex Wong/Getty Images)


(The Root) — The House and the Senate are no closer to compromise over the federal budget, with just a few hours left until the current funding runs out.

The ball is now in the Senate’s court, with the upper chamber expected to convene Monday afternoon to vote on the House bill that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has already said he will reject. Even if the House bill somehow makes it through, Obama has made it clear he will veto it

The House bill, which passed just after midnight on Sunday, requires a one-year delay in the implementation of Obamacare as a condition for funding the budget. House Republicans also demanded the repeal of the 2.3 percent tax on medical-device makers, and a guarantee that active-duty military service members get paid on time, even if there is a shutdown.

The Senate will most likely make quick work of the House’s amendments. Reid is expected to table the bill, which requires only a majority vote, meaning that the Democrat-led Senate would not need any Republican help to reject the measures it does not like.

The Senate-amended bill will then be handed back to the House, which by then will be backed into a corner with the shutdown clock ticking ever closer.

If the Senate and the House are unable to come to a resolution, the government will partially shut down starting midnight, Oct. 1. The aftermath will cause 368 National Park Service sites to be closed; military servicemen and servicewomen will not be paid on time; the Bureau of of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be affected; and in Washington, D.C., trash will not be collected, just to name a few services affected. 

Postal services, however, will remain intact — as will Social Security payments, most likely.

Breanna Edwards is a newswriter at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.