Less than 90 minutes before the federal government shuts down at midnight, the House of Representatives has all but admitted defeat (or secured victory, depending on how you look at it) on any continuing resolution they might pass.
So: shutdown happening. House is making a final move, but not something that'll solve the impasse tonight.— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO)
The House has moved toward a conference committee with Senate Democrats in an attempt to come to an agreement on funding the government by 12:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. But it is unlikely a conference committee will succeed in avoiding a shutdown.
Aides tell me a clean CR has been officially ruled out behind the scenes; House GOP would never back, ldrshp has been looking at options— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) October 1, 2013
The House simply refuses to budge on its demands to delay Obamacare. And yet, as bleak as this looks, there are reports that the House will vote at least once more tonight.
Contrary to Washington Post news alert, the House will be voting again this evening.— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) October 1, 2013
With a little over an hour to go, Congress is certainly waiting until the very last minute. But remember, whether the government shuts down or not, Obamacare is open for business tomorrow. Unless the Senate caves to House GOP demands, that is.