The US government has less than 48 hours to avert a shutdown of government services amid political divisions over President Obama’s healthcare law.
On Sunday, the Republican-run House of Representatives voted to pull the law’s funding, raising chances of a shutdown.
The government needs to agree a new policy-wide spending bill before the US fiscal year ends at midnight on Monday.
If it fails, non-essential federal services face closure, with employees sidelined or left working without pay.
Early on Sunday, the House passed an amended version of the Senate spending bill that removed funding from the healthcare law.
US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has vowed that his Democrat-led chamber will reject the Republican bill.
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