WASHINGTON (September 30, 2013)—U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Monday the nation is facing a budget emergency and the Senate, like the House, should be in session to help avert a government shutdown.
He castigated the Democratic-led chamber for taking Sunday off in the middle of the partisan standoff over funding the government and the future of the president’s health care law.
Republicans want President Barack Obama's signature law limited or delayed as part of any budget deal while Democrats want a budget passed without any changes to the health care program.
The Senate on Monday was expected to reject a House measure that would delay the remainder of the health care law.
If no agreement is reached, the government would begin shutting down at midnight.