congress bldg*(Via CNN) – With a government shutdown looming, politicians in Washington were talking at each other Monday instead of negotiating a way to avoid it.

In the latest volley of legislative ping pong over a short-term spending plan needed to avoid a shutdown at midnight, Senate Democrats again rejected a House proposal that also would derail Obamacare.

The 54-46 Senate vote on strict party lines returned the focus to the Republican-led House, where sources inside a GOP caucus said leaders were planning to again attach provisions that would delay President Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms from full implementation starting Tuesday.

Despite repeated rejection by the Democratic-led Senate and a veto threat by Obama, House Republicans may raise the stakes by also forcing a vote on a provision to eliminate government health care subsidies for members of Congress and their staff, the sources said.

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