Lawmakers continue to struggle to reach an agreement that would keep the government open past September 30. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be setting up a test vote on a House-passed bill this week that would fund the government past September 30 if lawmakers agree to defund ObamaCare.
In a close vote Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved 217 -210 a measure that cuts food stamps by $39 billion over the next decade — a move that is expected to provoke a political showdown with Democrats. The bill failed to garner a single Democratic vote; 15 Republicans voted against the bill, as well.
Some committed constitutionalists have forced Speaker of the House John Boehner to forward a bill that funds all of government, except ObamaCare.
In a statement to reporters, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan indicated that the Senate may not take up this year's NDAA before the end of the session.