House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the Republican Conference chair, left, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, after a closed-door strategy session. Pressure is building on Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, as the Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare," from their bill.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the Republican Conference chair, left, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, after a closed-door strategy session. Pressure is building on Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, as the Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare," from their bill.
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published Friday, September 27th, 2013
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