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The U.S. Senate voted to reject the Republican government funding bill, which included a one-year delay of the president's health care law, so-called Obamacare, Monday afternoon.
The latest provision of the House bill included getting rid of Obamacare's medical device tax, a move that did win majority, bipartisan support in the Senate earlier this year.
So why not concede on that one point?
"Because of the way it's being done. It's basically extortion," said Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, of New York. "They basically send us a bill and say unless you do what we want, we're going to shut down the government."
"This is government by bullying," said Schumer. "You give in to a bully once, they'll ask for more, and more, and more."
Hours away from a shutdown, and House Republicans are trying to scrape together a plan to cancel the government's unscheduled vacation.
In the meantime, the GOP circular firing squad seems to be targeting the Sen. Ted Cruz wing of the party. Scott Galupo wrote Monday morning in The American Conservative, "The push to "defund," or merely delay the implementation of, Obamacare is maybe the most moronic and counterproductive gambit yet devised by the fire-breathing right flank of the congressional GOP."
There is conventional wisdom, in both the mainstream and conservative media, that Republicans will shoulder most of the blame if the government shuts down, that the whole plan was futile from the start.
"There is going to be a risk here for Republicans," said Kevin Madden, CNN political contributor and former adviser to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
A lot of Republicans, including many in the Senate, say a government shutdown will hurt the Republican party, because Americans will blame the GOP.
"The American people will brush everybody with the same stroke," Republican Congressman Tom Price, of Georgia, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.
"The president, and his party, and Harry Reid have refused to compromise on anything whatsoever," said Price, who said that Republicans have put forward "three different compromises" – namely, bills to repeal, defund, and delay the president's health care law, so-called Obamacare.
If the government shuts down, families and tourists arriving in Washington, D.C., could be shut out of main attractions.
CNN's Erin McPike reports.
The threat of a partial government shutdown is just hours away, as Congress battles once again over President Barack Obama's health care law, so-called Obamacare.
If Congress fails to compromise before midnight Monday, about a quarter of government workers, the ones deemed "non-essential," will have forced and potentially unpaid time off starting Tuesday.
CNN's Jake Tapper reports.