With the threat of a government shutdown looming, the House is poised to vote on a plan to keep the government open, but there's a catch.
With Obamacare insurance exchanges about to open in about a week and a half, many republicans see one more chance here to make a stand.
Can Congress ensure that the massive spigot of federal dollars keeps flowing without interruption at the end of the month? House republicans may push that through today but only if Obamacare is defunded.
Cole says, "Some have said that this is just brinkmanship and an attempt by republicans to lead to a government shutdown. That could not be further from the truth."
Slaughter says, "We will once again go to the very brink of disaster hoping that we can pull out of it but letting most Americans hang by their thumbs wondering what we're going to do."
Democrats say it is a recipe for a government shutdown because even if the Senate, which they control, agreed to defund Obamacare, the president would veto it, but it is possible that senate republicans could filibuster.
Cruz says: "This is a moment for every republican to unite, for every senate republican to stand shoulder to shoulder with the gentlemen here and the republicans in the House who have been courageous doing the right thing."
While republicans try to draw the line on obamacare, there are also democrats on the left who will try to hold their line, and spend as much money as they can.
Schumer says, “We're going to negotiate to get as a high a level as possible, but the first step is to stop this absurdity."
This is just the start of the money problems here on Capitol Hill. Next month we come up against the nation's debt ceiling, and President Obama is already saying that he will not negotiate.
One of the decisions approved by the U.S. House is bad news for the one in seven Americans who depend on food stamps to get by.
Late yesterday, the House voted to cut nearly $40 billion a year from the food stamp program. Despite its passage in the House, the bill is unlikely to make it through the democrat-controlled Senate.
More than 47 million Americans are now on food stamps, and the program's cost has more than doubled in the last five years.
Under the bill, the government would save money by allowing states to place the following rules on food stamps recipients.
States could implement broad new work requirements, recipients would also undergo drug testing and the bill would also end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults who don't have dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely.