Tuesday: Partial shutdown in effect, Congress no closer to deal

House GOP leaders tried several ideas over the last few days to defund or otherwise reduce the impact of ObamaCare. But each time, the Senate rejected them.

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The House stopped work early Tuesday morning, after passing a resolution asking for a conference between the House and Senate on the continuing resolution. Senate Democrats said they would reject that proposal as well, and any other House plan that seeks to undermine ObamaCare.

The Senate adjourned before the House approved its request for a conference. When the Senate meets at 9:30 a.m., it's likely to quickly reject the House's offer in a party-line vote. After that, expect many speeches on the status of the shutdown, but no immediate work to end it.

The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches, and then at noon for legislative work. The House has nothing else planned for work other than work on a spending bill, which means an unpredictable day ahead in the lower chamber.

Off the floor, it's unclear how anything will proceed. Congress's top priority is finding a solution, but divisions over ObamaCare are so deep, it's hard to imagine any compromise based on the seemingly endless back and forth seen Monday.

But the realities of the shutdown may bleed into the process and provide a new impetus on both sides that didn't exist Monday.