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Shutdown showdown intensifies over Obamacare delay

Washington (AP) - Congress is running out of time to agree on a bill to keep the government running.

Lawmakers are facing a deadline of midnight tomorrow, but House Republicans and Senate Democrats continue to reject each other's proposals.

The No. 3 House Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, says the House won't relent on its demands for "fundamental changes" in the health care law. But he also tells "Fox News Sunday" that "We will not shut the government down" and says "we will continue to negotiate."

The Republican-run House voted 231-192 early Sunday to delay President Barack Obama's health care law for a year while also providing funds so federal offices won't have to close Tuesday morning.

Democrats oppose the health care delay and another provision: A repeal of a medical device tax that helps finance the 2010 health care overhaul.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it will die in his chamber. But the Senate isn't expected to meet until Monday, leaving only a few hours for Congress to work something out.

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