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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said he believes a federal government shutdown is imminent given the latest strategy unveiled by House Republicans on Saturday.
Wire reports indicated the House was expected to vote early Sunday on a GOP-backed measure that would avert a government shutdown by passing a temporary spending bill that included a clause to delay the start of the Affordable Healthcare Act, President Obama's signature piece of domestic legislation.
Yarmuth spoke to WDRB News by phone from Washington D.C. Saturday before House Democrats were set to caucus.
Yarmuth blamed House Republicans for "causing" the government shutdown, saying their latest version of a bill would surely die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
"It's obvious that they are trying to shut down the government because they are putting forth a provision to make sure that our military personnel are paid if the government shuts down. So they know they are shutting down the government and they don't want to take the flack of having our soldiers not be paid. This is just insanity actually up here prevailing," Yarmuth, D - Kentucky's 3rd District, told WDRB News.
WDRB News reached out to Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie for comment on the pending vote. His spokeswoman said the Congressman would get back to us, but no calls were returned by news time late Saturday.
The White House sent out a statement Saturday saying that President Obama would veto the current version if it were to pass the House and Senate and arrive at his desk.