House votes to derail Obamacare, fund government

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a temporary funding measure to keep the government running. The bill is coupled with a tea party-backed measure to block President Obama's new health care law.
   
The 230 -189 vote sets the stage for a confrontation with the Democratic-led Senate. The Senate promises to strip the "defund Obamacare" provision from the bill next week and will challenge the House to pass it as a straightforward funding bill that Obama will sign.
   
The White House promises Obama would veto the measure in the unlikely event it reaches him.
   
At issue is the need to pass a short-term funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown when the budget year ends on Sept. 30. Washington's longstanding budget stalemate has derailed the annual appropriations bills required to fund federal agency operations.

Earlier story:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans controlling the House are moving to ship to the Senate a measure that would prevent a government shutdown but cripple the health care law that's the signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama's first term.
   
The top Senate Democrat has already pronounced the bill as dead and the House exercise a "waste of time."
   
The White House issued a veto threat.
   
Even before the House vote scheduled Friday, lawmakers were looking a couple of moves ahead on the congressional chessboard. Under that scenario, the Democratic Senate would remove the "defund Obamacare" provision and kick the measure back to the House for a showdown next weekend.

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