Republicans Make Offer To Extend Debt Ceiling
House Republicans will propose a temporary extension of the US debt ceiling if President Obama agrees to negotiations over budget issues including "Obamacare".
House of Representatives leader John Boehner will offer a six-week extension to the debt ceiling to Mr Obama during a meeting at the White House later on Thursday.
Mr Obama has previously refused to negotiate over budget issues until Congress ended the now 10-day government shutdown and prevented the threat of a first-ever government default.
During a news conference, Mr Boehner said the proposed extension to the debt ceiling was conditional on budget discussions.
He said: "It's time for leadership. It's time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin.
"What we want to do is to offer the president today the ability to move a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in agreement to go to conference on the budget."
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Mr Obama is willing to sign a "clean" bill - one that does not include policy demands.
He added: "The president is happy that cooler heads at least seem to be prevailing in the house. We haven't seen a bill yet."
The proposal would allow the US government to borrow money until November 22 - potentially averting an unprecedented federal default that could occur as early as October 17.
The Treasury Department has said it would be unable to pay all of its bills if the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling is not raised before next Thursday.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde warned on Thursday that US failure to raise its debt ceiling would do serious damage to the global economy.
The shutdown began after Congress failed to pass a bill to temporarily fund the federal government, resulting in hundreds of thousands of federal employees stopping work.
The measure is normally routine, but has become entangled in Republican demands for delays or amendments to President Obama's health care overhaul and reduced government spending.