There's just a week to go before the U.S. government runs out of money to operate. Last week House Republicans passed a bill that would fund the government through mid-December but eliminated all funding for the President's health care bill. The Senate will take up that bill today, though a vote is probably a couple days away.
With one week to go before the coffers run dry, House Republicans are defending their strategy. Saying they don't want to shut down the government, they want to shut down ObamaCare. (
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, insisted his party could win this fight. But most Senate Republicans say it's not worth the risk when Democrats control the Senate and the White House. If the House and Senate are unable to reach an agreement, millions of federal workers deemed "non-essential" will be furloughed with no guarantee they'll get back pay when the government reopens. Social security checks and veterans' benefits would go out, but possibly late, since fewer workers will be available to process the payments. National parks and museums would be closed.