House Majority Leader John Boehner is set to wave the olive branch at the White House, with an offer to raise the Federal debt ceiling for a six-week period while still keeping the government shut down until a lasting agreement on spending limitations can be struck.
President Barack Obama reportedly “would sign” such an agreement, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney.
The House offer seems to play into the hands of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who (again) said Thursday that Senate Democrats will “negotiate” only if the House first sends over a naked bill that raises the debt limit and omits any new spending limitations.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are organizing a tougher counter-proposal that, if first approved by the House, would authorize a temporary increase in the debt limit while level-funding the Federal government for a year.
That offer also provides for the repeal of the Obamacare medical device tax and strengthens the verification requirements for anyone seeking a Federal subsidy to pay for an Obamacare insurance plan. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is reportedly behind the new Senate talks.
The President was scheduled to meet with some House Republicans late Thursday to discuss the new House offer. A House vote could follow if later in the day if both sides leave the talks with an agreement in principle.
Boehner called the House plan a “good-faith effort on our part to move halfway” in the long-running standoff over negotiating a bipartisan agreement to fund the government while stanching what conservatives view as unnecessary spending initiatives – including Obamacare.
You may be frustrated with your Congressman – but don’t dare treat him or her the way Congressman Gary Miller (R-Calif.) treated this reporter when asked about his stance on the House proposal:
Hey, who says membership doesn’t have its perks?