The Senate voted two times Monday to reject House Republican attempts to attach a delay of ObamaCare to a continuing spending resolution (CR).

“This is a blow to the economy,” Reid said. “The House has within their power the ability to avert a government shutdown.”

Reid criticized Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE (R-Ohio) for not allowing an up-or-down vote on a clean Senate-passed CR that would have kept the government funded through Nov. 15.

The House continued to work Tuesday morning to attach another one-year delay of ObamaCare to the CR and also appoint conferees to form a conference committee with the Senate, but Reid said the Senate would not negotiate with a “gun” to their head. Reid said the Senate would only go to conference if the House passed the clean CR because otherwise, a shutdown wouldn’t be avoided.

Reid said the Senate would return Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. and look at what the House sent over, but if it were more attempts to defund or repeal ObamaCare, the Senate would continue to table those amendments.