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Government Shutdown Nears With House Vote on Obamacare

The U.S. government hurtled toward a partial shutdown for the first time in 17 years on Oct. 1 as Congress deadlocked over Republicans’ insistence on delaying the 2010 health-care law.

Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s second-ranking Democrat, predicted the government would close in two days after the House voted 231-192 early today to stop many of the Affordable Care Act’s central provisions for one year and tie that to an extension of government funding through Dec. 15.