extra extra newspaperUS Republicans in the House of Representatives on Saturday rejected a Senate stopgap measure that would have averted a government shutdown as midnight Monday.

Instead, the Republicans demanded a one-year delay of President Barack Obama™s healthcare law and the repeal of a tax to pay for the law before approving any fund to avoid the shutdown.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid said when the Senate reconvened on Monday it would strip out both Republican provisions.

The funding bill, known as the continuing resolution or CR, had to be sent back from the GOP-controlled House to the Senate by Saturday evening to keep the government open through December 15.

The House™s action has now jeopardized jobs of more than 800,000 federal workers. Millions more could also be working without paychecks.

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