Next steps as Congress works through budget mess

Next steps as Congress works through budget mess

  House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under tea party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part of President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under tea party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
The Associated Press 1 hour ago.

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As Congress confronts a potential federal shutdown Tuesday and a need by Oct. 17 to extend the government’s ability to borrow money, what to watch for.

—The Senate: Most senators left town after the Democratic-controlled Senate approved a bill Friday preventing a government shutdown on Tuesday. It would provide money through Nov. 15. The Senate’s next session was scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT Monday — 10 hours before a shutdown would begin.

—The House: The Republican-led House approved an initial bill on Sept. 20 preventing a shutdown, with money running through Dec. 15. The House was meeting Saturday and GOP leaders said they would pass legislation by day’s end incorporating their new demands: a one-year delay in the nation’s new health care law and permanent repeal of a tax on medical devices as the price for preventing a shutdown.

—The Senate: Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Senate would reject the new House plan, citing the health care provision.

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