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Countdown to a Shutdown: Senate Nixes House GOP Funding Bill

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(NBC NEWS) -- It's down to the wire for the game of political ping-pong playing out on Capitol Hill with the federal government funding measure, as the clock ticks toward its midnight deadline to avoid a shutdown.

The Senate rejected late Monday evening the House take on the continuing resolution — replete with curbs for Obamacare that the Senate keeps stripping out — with another vote Monday night.

The Senate and President Barack Obama have both made clear they won't accept a CR that defunds or delays the implementation of the health care reform law, and the Senate's vote Monday night sent it back to the House.

Obama warned against such tactics, and against a government shutdown, in remarks at the White House on Monday, as Congress lobbed versions of the CR back and forth.

"The idea of putting the American people's hard-earned progress at risk is the height of irresponsibility, and it does not have to happen," Obama said.

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