The U.S. House of Representatives has canceled an end-of-month recess that was to begin on Sept. 23 so that it can keep working on a short-term spending bill aimed at avoiding a government shutdown.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that the week-long break had been scrapped as Republicans in that chamber struggle to pass a bill to temporarily fund the government in the new fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1.
Without the measure, most U.S. government agencies would have to close at the beginning of October.
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The decision comes as House Republicans were beginning to shift their fiscal demands from withholding funds from "Obamacare" health reforms towards delaying its implementation.
House Republican leaders on Wednesday failed to muster enough votes within their party to proceed with a plan that would link a defunding of Obamacare to a stopgap measure that would keep agencies funded through Dec. 15.