With a Government shutdown less than 24 hours away, there is little hope of a compromise
WASHINGTON (NBC) -
With Congress in a standoff and millions of Americans at risk, the final hours tick away Monday toward midnight in Washington -- the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years.
The Senate, set to convene at 2 p.m. ET, has the next move. It is expected to reject a budget bill sent by Republicans in the House that would delay President Barack Obama's health care law by a year.
"This law is not ready for prime time," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Unless Congress can reach a resolution, the government's spending authority will expire at midnight. National parks are expected to close, homebuyers will probably face delays on government-backed mortgages, and an estimated 800,000 federal workers will face furlough.