US Senate rejects House budget bill as shutdown looms
30 September 2013 Last updated at 22:51 BST
Hundreds of thousands of American government workers could be sent on unpaid leave if a last minute budget deal is not struck between Republicans and Democrats in Washington DC.
The Republicans want to delay President Obama's healthcare reforms as the disagreement threatens to throw the country into the first major government shutdown since the Clinton administration in the 1990s.
Mark Mardell reports.