Monday: Shutdown or breakthrough?

The House worked all day Saturday on the bill, amid fierce opposition from Democrats who said it was a waste of time. Senate Democrats said they would quickly take out the ObamaCare and medical device language, and ship it back to the House.

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If that happens, it would prove once more what we've all known for years — Republicans and Democrats are split, and it's not an easy split to resolve. Without sudden involvement by the White House, or a sudden decision by one side to cave in, a partial government shutdown would happen after midnight.

At this point, a short-term shutdown may already be in the cards, since it might take time to hammer out the details of a last-minute agreement.

The prospect of a shutdown has already disrupted the week's schedule — as of Sunday night, it was impossible to say what either chamber would be doing by the middle of the week.

The House, however, has made some plans for Monday morning. Members will start at 10 a.m., and consider two suspension bills. They are:

H.R. 3174, which would allow the Secretary of Transportation to exceed a $100 million cap on grants to repair roads damaged by a national emergency. This bill, from Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), is meant to get more aid to Colorado in the wake of floods that may have caused up to $500 million in damage to the state's roads.

S. 1348, the Congressional Award Act Program Reauthorization Act. This bill from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) would extend for five more years the Congressional Award Program that gives awards to young Americans for public service, physical fitness and other reasons.

After considering those bills, the House will remain on standby to see how the Senate reacts to its spending resolution. The Senate is expected in at 2 p.m. to consider the resolution, H.J.Res. 59.