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Congress continues game of chicken ahead of shutdown deadline

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A congressional game of chicken will be played between now and midnight, to determine if the federal government will have a limited shutdown at this time Tuesday.

The Republican-controlled House forced the Democrats' hand by voting early Sunday to delay key parts of the Affordable Care Act, and repeal the Obamacare tax on medical devices. 

All five Wisconsin House Republicans supported that. They also voted to keep the rest of the government funded when the new fiscal year begins at midnight, going on record against a shutdown. 

The Democrat-controlled Senate was scheduled to meet Monday afternoon. Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to reject the House package, which was voted down by all 3 Wisconsin Democrats in that chamber. 

Funding would continue for the health law -- and therefore, the law's purchasing exchanges would still take effect Tuesday as planned. 

Wisconsin officials say they're ready. Federal employees would not be paid if there's a shutdown.

Wisconsin would be affected the least by that, since the state ranks last in its numbers of federal workers with around 15,000. 

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