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Washington Beat: Midnight Deadline Passes With No Federal Budget Deal In Place

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The midnight deadline has come and gone with no federal budget deal in place, which made it virtually certain that non-essential government services will begin to shut down Tuesday, and a New York Republican said Monday night that the blame for the shutdown lies with his party.

By a 54 to 46 vote, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the House's third try at a spending plan.

That bill would have delayed a key portion of the Affordable Care Act for a year.

Senate leaders say they won't negotiate over any bill that seeks to undermine the health care law.

Only one New York Republican, Rep. Peter King, whose district covers parts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, voted against the House bill.

King said he voted against the bill because his own party will take the blame for a shutdown.

"I think right now, you have to blame the Republicans. We're the ones doing it," King said. "I would blame Ted Cruz, and I'd blame the people who follow him in our party. This is definitely something that's, Republicans are the ones driving it, so we have to be blamed."

The president signed a bill ensuring members of the military will be paid during the shutdown, but hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed.

Non-essential services like parks and national monuments will be closed.

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