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US Senate rejects budget bill

Sep 30 2013, 4:08pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) The US Senate Monday rejected a budget bill, cleared by the lower house of the US Congress earlier, with barely hours to go to avert a US government's shutdown, BBC reported.

Washington, Oct 1 — The US Senate Monday rejected a budget bill, cleared by the lower house of the US Congress earlier, with barely hours to go to avert a US government's shutdown, BBC reported. The...

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US Senate rejects budget bill

Sep 30 2013, 4:08pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) The US Senate Monday rejected a budget bill, cleared by the lower house of the US Congress earlier, with barely hours to go to avert a US government's shutdown, BBC reported.

Washington, Oct 1 — The US Senate Monday rejected a budget bill, cleared by the lower house of the US Congress earlier, with barely hours to go to avert a US government's shutdown, BBC reported.

The Democratic-led Senate, the upper house, voted 54-46 against the bill, which would fund the government only if President Barack Obama's healthcare law were delayed a year.

Also, the Senate eliminated the provision repealing a tax on medical devices that are intended to help finance the healthcare law.

The vote left little progress toward reaching an agreement on funding the government by midnight Monday, when the current fiscal year expires.

In case, no agreement is reached by midnight (04.00 GMT), the government will close all non-essential federal services. The shutdown would be the first in 17 years in the US.

The US shutdown would send over 700,000 federal workers home while closing down national parks, museums, federal buildings and services.

Though the nation's 1.4 million active-duty uniformed military personnel would stay on duty, about half of the defence department's 800,000 civilian employees would have to stop work.

There is a blanket exception for activities that "provide for the national security".

But where employees are needed to work, they may have to do so without pay: "Military and other civilians directed to work would be paid retroactively once the lapse of appropriation ends," said Defence Department Comptroller Robert Hale.

Republicans in the House of Representatives - and their allies in the Senate - have demanded the law be repealed or stripped of funding as a condition for continuing to fund the government.

Major portions of the law, passed in 2010 and has been validated by the US Supreme Court, are due to take effect Tuesday.

The Senate, or the upper house of the US Congress has several exclusive powers not granted to the House.

It includes consenting to treaties as a pre-condition to their ratification and consenting to or confirming appointments of Cabinet secretaries, federal judges, other federal executive officials, military officers, regulatory officials, ambassadors, and other federal uniformed officers, as well as trial of federal officials impeached by the House.

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Seven Obamacare Bills That The New GOP Senate Majority Should Pass In 2015

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U.S. midterm elections 2014: Republicans toast conquest of Senate but final results could take weeks

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Republicans exploit bitter disappointment in Obama to take control of the Senate

Nov 4 2014 10:58pm CST | Source: National Post

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Harry Reid Congratulates Mitch McConnell On Becoming Majority Leader

Nov 4 2014 10:52pm CST | Source: Business Insider

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U.S. midterm election 2014: Republicans on track to make small House gain

Nov 4 2014 10:47pm CST | Source: National Post

Any ambition the Democrats may have had to regain control over the U.S. House of Representatives dimmed weeks ago when polling began to show that U.S. President Barack Obama’s party stood poised to lose the senate. Indeed, while much of the drama continued to play out among the 33 senate seats up for grabs on Tuesday evening, the Republicans were on track to make small gains in the House, as of press time. Republicans had flipped four seats and secured 180, compared to th ...
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Nov 4 2014 10:34pm CST | Source: Business Insider

Washington (AFP) - Republicans captured a majority in the US Senate Tuesday in a sweeping midterm election victory that delivers a rebuke to President Barack Obama's Democrats.With a win in Iowa, the Republican party picked up at least six Senate seats to guarantee at least 51 members of the 100-member chamber, TV networks said, while projecting an increasing in the GOP majority in the Ho ...
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Republicans Have Taken Over The Senate With Victory In Iowa

Nov 4 2014 10:32pm CST | Source: Business Insider

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Nov 4 2014 9:28pm CST | Source: Business Insider

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