The Senate is expected to take up the bill (H J Res 59) passed by the House on September 20. The House bill provides funding through mid-December at funding levels that reflect the approximate 5% automatic cuts (sequestration) from FY 2013. The Senate path to passage is uncertain at this point. However, the Senate is widely expected to exclude the controversial provision to defund the Affordable Care Act in a substitute amendment. It may also seek additional changes in the funding levels of the House bill. If the House and Senate fail to agree on a spending bill by the end of the fiscal year on September 30, a government shutdown is slated to begin on October 1, the start of FY 2014.