House, Senate Craft Rival Deals To End Shutdown
Despite President Obama's insistence that he will not negotiate while the government remains shut down, Republicans in both the Senate and the House have come forward with proposals that require at least some negotiation for the shutdown to end.
According to Huffington Post, House GOP leaders are reportedly offering a deal that includes changes to Obamacare, cutting entitlement programs and a short-term increase in the $16.7 trillion debt limit.
House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman Michael Steele would not comment on the details of the tallks between Obama and the GOP representatives thus far, but he did tell Huff Post to expect concessions.
"As we have publicly stated, any House vote on a short-term debt limit bill is contingent on the White House and House Republicans agreeing to negotiations on a larger fiscal framework," he said.
Meanwhile, Huffington Post tell us, as of Friday evening, a bipartisan group of Senators, including five Democrats and five Republicans, has begun work on a compromise that funds the government through March, extends the debt ceiling through June, relaxes sequestration and delays the medical device tax proposed as part of Obamacare for two years.
The Senate has made it clear they intend to step in if the House does not get its act together.
Read the full story at Huffington Post.