ASSOCIATED PRESS-- After saying there would be a vote tonight, House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership have pulled legislation to avert a default and end the government shutdown. It's not clear why the scheduled vote collapsed.
Hours earlier in the Senate, Maryland's Barbara Mikulksi warned that the U.S. is "33 hours away from becoming a deadbeat nation." In New York, the Fitch rating agency warned today that it was reviewing the government's AAA credit rating for a possible downgrade.
A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner originially said the House would Tuesday night on legislation that would reopen the government and avert a financial default.
Michael Steel said the bill would keep the government operating until Dec. 15 and let the Treasury borrow money until Feb. 7.
It also said members of Congress, the president, vice president and thousands of congressional aides would no longer be eligible to receive employer health care contributions from the government that employs them.
There was no immediate reaction from the White House or Democrats, who had objected to an earlier version of the House GOP bill.