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Durbin: House Bill DOA, Shutdown Certain

(Washington, DC)  --  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin says a government shutdown is all but certain.  The Illinois Democrat told CBS' "Face the Nation" a Republican funding bill that delays the implementation of the Affordable Care Act doesn't stand a chance of passing the Senate.  He says Republican attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act could have a negative impact on the economy.

"800 thousand federal workers...will be the victims here. But even more important, this hurts our economy. The leaders in business do not want us to do this. They say 'Don't shut down the government'" Durbin said.

Durbin says he's willing to negotiate on Obamacare, but not to throw out the law. 

"It's going forward. I fully support that. But lets sit down in a bipartisan and calm way, not with the prospect of shutting down the government or the economy" Durbin said. 

The House approved a Republican bill over the weekend extending government funding and delaying full implementation of the healthcare law for one year.  The provision makes the legislation a non-starter in the Democratic-led Senate, which has vowed to reject any changes to Obamacare. 

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