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Senate to begin debate on budget bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The clock is ticking towards a government shutdown if Congress can't reach a deal on the budget.
The Senate will start debate Monday on its version of the budget bill.
Republicans and democrats have just one week to reach some sort of agreement in this, their latest battle.
It all comes down to health care reform.
On Friday, the republican-led House passed a bill that would keep the government running.
But, it's attached to a provision that cuts funding for the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
The big problem here is that the democratic-controlled Senate and the president are refusing to go back on this key piece of legislation.
That drama is expected to unfold Monday as the Senate tries to strip the "defund-Obamacare provision" out of its bill and send it back to the House.
Many senators say they're frustrated.
"When you start putting these nuances or wedges in, such as the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, you know what? I didn't come here to vote no on everything I could. This could be the happy retirement home if you vote no all the time. Let's fix it. Let's repair it. And since I have been here, not one of my colleagues have come up and said, "Joe, here's a better way to do it. Here's how we can fix this part. Let's repeal this, and we'll fix this part of it." Nobody has done that. They've just said, "Okay, vote up or down." Well, let's fix things," said Senator Joe Manchin.
A vote in the Senate is still a few days off.
If Congress can't reach a deal in the next week the country would enter its first government shutdown since 1996.
It would shut down government services and stop pay for federal workers.
Of course, we'll be sure to stay on top of this situation and keep you updated.