WASHINGTON (AP) - Locked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, House Republicans demanded a one-year delay in major parts of the nation's new health care law and permanent repeal of a tax on medical devices Saturday as the price for preventing a partial government shutdown threatened for early Tuesday.
Senate Democrats rejected the plan even before the House could post it online for the public, and Majority Leader Harry Reid noted that Obama already has threatened to veto anything that delays or defunds the health law a few days from taking full effect.
Undeterred, House Republicans pledged to press ahead with their latest attempt to squeeze a concession from the White House in exchange for letting the government open for business normally on Tuesday. They also agreed to pass legislation assuring U.S. troops are paid in the event of a shutdown.
There was no immediate reaction from the White House.