Senate rejects Republican bill as US moves toward government shut down

Senate rejects Republican bill as US moves toward government shut down

The United States Senate has rejected a bill introduced by Republicans, to delay President Barack Obama’s healthcare scheme for a year, in return for temporary funding to the government.

The move comes just hours before a deadline to avert a US government shut down, as Republicans continue to oppose Obamacare.

If an agreement is not reached by midnight local time, or 2pm Australian eastern time, the government will shut down all non-essential federal services for the first time in 17 years.

It could see more than 700,000 workers sent home on unpaid leave, with no guarantee of back pay once the dispute is resolved.

President Obama has called for Republicans to put their political differences aside, and think about how it will affect residents acorss America.

He says if the shut down occurs, all parks, museums and other federal government non-essential services will be forced to close.

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