HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - 10 On Your Side talked to lawmakers from both the House and Senate Monday about the the spending bill and the possibility of a government shutdown. The impasse all boils down to the debate over President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Neither the Republican dominated House or Democrat heavy Senate sides seems willing to budge on whether the Affordable Care Act should be included in the spending bill.
Monday afternoon, the Senate approved a spending plan they call a "clean budget bill." The bill had no mention of the Affordable Care Act.
"The budget bill we voted for funds the government for about a month and a half at the House's budget number," said Senator Tim Kaine. "We've compromised by accepting their number rather than ours."
But the House rejected it. Instead, they sent back a different bill to the Senate with provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Scott Rigell voted in favor.
"It will be one that will delay only the individual mandate [of the Affordable Care Act], the parts of the law already in effect will continue and the other parts of the law like the exchanges will not be delayed under the continuing resolution we're presenting," said Congressman Scott Rigell.
Senator Kaine accused the house of playing hostage with the American economy by refusing to approve a cleaning spending bill.
"We need to keep the government open, we shouldn't ever wrap up something with a government funding bill that would suggest if I don't get my way I'm going to shut government down," said Senator Kaine.
It seems more likely a government shutdown will happen, since Senate leaders have rejected the House's third version of the continuing resolution that has limitations on the Affordable Care Act.
10 On Your Side asked several local house members why the Affordable Care Act is at the middle of the spending debate.
"It's because many individuals believe that it will put us on course to have an economic shutdown in this country, down the road, even if it's not short-term," said Congressman Randy Forbes.
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