WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The White House says the latest proposal from House Republican leaders for reopening the government and extending the nation’s borrowing cap is a partisan effort to appease tea party conservatives. It praises bipartisan negotiations in the Senate as a good-faith effort to end the partial government shutdown and avoid an economy-shaking default.
The White House also announced it will meet with House Democratic leaders Tuesday afternoon as negotiations continue and a deadline to raise the debt ceiling moves ever closer.
White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage says a proposal from House GOP leaders that would attach health care law changes to shut-down and debt ceiling measures is a, quote, “partisan attempt to appease a small group of tea party Republicans who forced the government shut down in the first place.”
Top Republicans unveiled a plan that would repeal a new tax on medical devices and take away lawmakers’ federal health care subsidies in addition to funding the government through Jan. 15 and giving Treasury the ability to borrow normally through Feb. 7.
House Speaker John Boehner said “there have been no decisions about what exactly” House Republicans will do.
“We’re talking with our members on both sides of the aisle to find a way to move forward today,” Boehner said.
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