Republicans Make Case Against Obamacare, Defend Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_bd4b923840.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Three conservative Republicans at the center of the budget showdown, who were elected in the tea party wave that helped the GOP win control of the House in 2010, say the government shutdown may be a necessary step to highlight the perils of Obamacare. "Delay of Obamacare's the right thing for America," said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. "I don't know why he couldn't delay Obamacare for one year."

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House Dems Fail to Back GOP Spending Measures

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_5f1d1c0fb2.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In the latest attempt to mitigate the effects of a government shutdown, the House voted on these three measures Tuesday evening, but all of them failed to pass for lack of Democrat votes. Since the House considered the measures in an expedited manner, they each required a two-thirds majority to pass. Each fell about 20 Democrat votes short of passage. They would have required 288 favorable votes to pass.

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House Democrats to Introduce Immigration Bill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_3148134d72.jpgMichael Bell/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Frustrated in the lack of action by House leadership and fearing all hope of a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill is lost, House Democrats are expected to introduce an immigration bill of their own Wednesday. House sources tell ABC News the Democratic bill will mirror the bipartisan legislation passed in the Senate in late June  -- including both increased border security and a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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Government Shutdown Standoff: What Happens Next?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_afbc35fe6a.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- With government departments and agencies officially in shutdown mode Tuesday morning, the warring parties on Capitol Hill appear just as entrenched as they did when the standoff started. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called the Senate back into session at 9:30 a.m., but the Democrats signaled no changes to their strategy of holding firm against any changes to President Obama’s signature health care law.

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Midnight Deadline Expires: U.S. Government Shuts Down

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_fef7421be2.jpgMark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- After an all-day game of legislative ping pong that stretched into the early morning hours of Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans failed to reach an agreement on how to keep the government funded, forcing the country into its first government shutdown in nearly two decades. Congress engaged in a game of political hot potato over the past few days as House Republicans have tried to tie the defunding or delay of Obamacare to the government funding bill.

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