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(NECN/NBC News: Brian Mooar, Washington) - House Republicans upped their ante in the fight over Obamacare, passing a bill that forces President Obama and the Senate to choose between the health care plan and a government shutdown.
The bill passed 231-192 along party lines and now moves on to the Senate where majority leader Harry Reid has already called it pointless.
Government workers are hoping for a break in the impasse before midnight Monday, but lawmakers say that's looking less likely with each passing hour.
Republicans passed a spending package doomed to fail because it mandates a one-year delay in Obamacare.
The House passed legislation, but there was little movement in the impasse that threatens a government shutdown on Tuesday.
The House bill is unlikely to reach the White House, but the president vows to veto it.
In a related measure, the House unanimously passed a bill to make sure military members get paid even if there is a shutdown.