Senate vote expected today on spending bill
WASHINGTON - By this afternoon, federal agencies are expected to reveal their shutdown plans -- in the event Congress fails to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government running.
Supervisors at government agencies began meetings yesterday to decide which employees would be considered essential and would continue to work, and which ones would be told to stay home.
The shutdown would furlough 800,000 of the nation's 2.1 million federal workers.
Senate votes are coming up today on the measure that would prevent a government shutdown next week. But Republican leaders in the House have already made it clear that the Senate version -- without a provision that would de-fund President Barack Obama's health care overhaul -- won't be acceptable to them. That means the battle will continue at least into the weekend.