House Republicans said Monday they will try to pass a stopgap spending bill that will fund Obamacare, but will delay the individual mandate requiring all Americans to obtain insurance, and will cancel the taxpayer subsidies lawmakers use to pay for their own health plans.
The House was pushing to vote in the late evening on the new plan, which they said would keep government open past a midnight Monday deadline.
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already said he will reject those provisions, leaving the two chambers no closer to a solution that would keep the government open.
"We are not going to change Obamacare," Mr. Reid told reporters minutes after he led his chamber to kill two other Republican plans, one of which would have been a full one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act and the other which would have repealed the law's unpopular medical device tax
The Senate's 54-46 vote broke along party lines, suggesting that despite the misgivings of some Republicans, they are still maintaining unity in the face of a government shutdown.
The latest House offer has been brewing for some days, as Republicans insist there be some conditions attached to the stopgap spending bill. Democrats have said they will not accept any condition.
House Republicans said the Senate must cave.
"There should be no special treatment for the well-connected under ObamaCare," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said. "Delaying the individual mandate and withdrawing special exemptions for Congress is the fair thing to do, and I encourage Senate Democrats to keep the government open, rather than close it in order to protect themselves and their friends."
Earlier in the day Republicans complained that they weren't getting the bill back from the Senate early enough.
"Senate decided not to work yesterday. Well my goodness, if there's such an emergency, where are they?" Speaker John A. Boehner said as he opened Monday's House session.
Senators, though, wasted little time once they did convene Monday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a vote immediately after the chamber convened, and the 54-46 tally broke exclusively along party lines. Even Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who this weekend had signaled she was tiring of the tea party-driven fight to link Obamacare to spending, voted with the rest of the GOP.
Some Republicans want the House to pass a new bill that would fund the government but also would require President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and all of the administration's top political appointees to forgo their government health plans and join the health exchanges.