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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) -  If Congress doesn't approve a funding bill called a Continuing Resolution by midnight tonight, then the government will begin a partial shutdown.

 

The halls of the Capitol were empty, Sunday night as the Senate planned to wait until today to vote on, and likely reject, a bill passed by the Republican-led house. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid already blames the GOP for what he says would be a Republican government shutdown.      

Republican Senator Ted Cruz says a government shutdown would only happen at the hands of the Democratic leadership.

"If Harry Reid draws the line and says he will shut down the federal government rather than treat American families with the same exceptions that have already been given to big business and members of Congress."

The Stop-Gap Proposal would delay the Affordable Care Act by one year and fund the federal government through mid-December. Republican leaders have, so far, only passed spending bills that de-fund or postpone Obamacare. Democratic leaders want a House vote on the Senate's funding bill -- which leaves Obamacare out of the mix.
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