Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Tuesday said the House leadership continues to talk with members on both sides of the aisle on how to end the shutdown and solve the debt ceiling problem, and will come to a decision “today” about how to move forward.
One thing is for certain, the speaker said, there are a lot of opinions about what direction could be taken.
The government is in its 15th day of shutdown, and the Treasury could exhaust the rest of the nation’s remaining borrowing capacity on Thursday. The Senate is still working on a bipartisan plan that would extend the debt limit until February, and end the government shutdown by funding agencies until mid-January. That bill will also set up a requirement for bipartisan talks on the budget to end in December.
“There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do,” Boehner said at a press conference after the GOP meeting.
The House is preparing to vote on its own debt limit and shutdown plan later Tuesday, which includes a two-year delay in the medical device tax included in Obamacare, and prevents members of Congress from getting subsidies to purchase insurance on Obamacare’s exchange market.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Republicans have got what they’ve long wanted -- negotiation with Democrats and no special treatment under the health-care law. House Republicans will be using the same principle in drafting their proposals to end the shutdown and avert a default.
“Whatever proposal we move forward [with] will [have] no special treatment,” he said.