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Senate approves budget bill, House leaders say they will not pass it
WASHINGTON (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 has team coverage on the battle in Washington to pass a new budget.
Earlier Friday, the U.S. Senate approved legislation to avert a government shutdown, but Republican leaders in the house say they are unwilling to approve the same bill.
Some 800,000 federal workers could be told to stay home next week if Congress cannot reach a deal by Tuesday.
The Senate started its day with a prayer as the chaplain asked for divine intervention to help avoid a government shutdown.
A few hours later, the Senate did pass legislation to keep the government running.
The funding bill now goes to the Republican-controlled House, but Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says the GOP will not approve the measure as is. "I don't see that happening," he says.
The reason is healthcare. House Republicans may put back in language that would cut off some funding for the president's Affordable Healthcare Act.
"The House Republicans are so concerned with appeasing the Tea Party that they've threatened a government shutdown," President Obama says.
If Congress cannot reach a deal, the government will partially shut down after midnight Monday and some 800,000 federal workers could be told to stay home next week.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says compromise is in the country's best interest. "If we shut down the government, I think the American people will be done a great disservice," he says.
The budget battle looks far from over, with another right around the corner. Next month, Congress has to decide whether or not to raise the debt ceiling.