September 27, 2013
Today, the Senate approved an amended version of the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government running when the fiscal year ends on September 30th. The Senate-amended version strips out the House language defunding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changes the end date of the CR from December 15th to November 15th.
The bill now goes back to the House for consideration. House leaders are expected to amend it further and send it back to the Senate. House conservatives are pushing for an amendment to delay implementation of the ACA individual mandate for one year. House leaders may also put forward a short one or two week CR to keep government funded while they continue to negotiate a longer-term agreement with Senate Democrats and the White House. House GOP leadership will meet tomorrow to determine their course of action.
The situation remains very fluid. If both chambers do not pass the same bill and send it to the President for his signature by October 1, the federal government will shut down.