Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with bipartisan group of congressional leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on November 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama and congressional leaders of both parties are meeting to reportedly discuss deficit reduction before the tax increases and automatic spending cuts go into affect in the new year. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
The House of Representatives approved Monday evening 228-201 a third legislative effort on the funding bill to volley back to the Senate an amendment to delay the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act for one year, and to eliminate a subsidy provided to members of Congress and their staffs to help buy coverage under the new system.
Immediately after the House vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moved to table the amendment, leaving just hours to go before a shutdown.
Obama privately called the top four congressional leaders Monday evening to reiterate that he would not negotiate over a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running that includes provisions to dismantle the law in any way.