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US Government Shutdown: GOP Plan Delayed
A Republican meeting that would have teed up a vote on a GOP bill to end the government shutdown and avoid a looming default has been postponed.
Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican, said the bill would extend the federal debt limit until February 7 with a "hard cut-off", and provide government funding through December 15.
The House plan also does not include previous efforts to delay a tax on medical devices aimed at funding President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.
Mr Nunes said the proposal includes new changes to the "Obamacare" health reforms for Congress and high-ranking Obama administration officials.
It would mean members of Congress, the president, vice president and thousands of congressional aides would no longer be eligible for employer health care contributions from the government.
But a meeting of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday that would have advanced the proposal to a late-evening vote was postponed. It is unclear how the bill will now proceed.
Word of the proposed vote first emerged as credit ratings agency Fitch put the US on a negative ratings watch just two days before the Treasury says it will run out of borrowing capacity.
Earlier on Tuesday, the White House rejected a House GOP plan that included a two-year suspension of the tax on medical devices.
White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said the plan was a "partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans who forced the government shutdown in the first place".
The House proposal emerged after conservative lawmakers rebelled at the outlines of the emerging Senate plan by Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP leader Mitch McConnell.
The White House praised the Senate negotiations as a good-faith effort to end the partial government shutdown and avoid an economy-shaking default.
Mr Obama met House Democratic leaders on Tuesday afternoon as the talks continued.
John Boehner, the top Republican in the House, said he had been trying to find a path forward, but "there have been no decisions about exactly what we will do".
The competing House and Senate plans are a far cry from the assault on Obamacare that Tea Party Republicans originally demanded as a condition for a short-term funding bill to keep the government fully operational.