House to vote on budget bill
WASHINGTON - A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner says the House will vote Tuesday night on legislation that would reopen the government and avert a financial default.
Michael Steel says the bill would keep the government operating until Dec. 15 and let the Treasury borrow money until Feb. 7.
It also says members of Congress, the president, vice president and thousands of congressional aides would no longer be eligible to receive employer health care contributions from the government that employs them.
There was no immediate reaction from the White House or Democrats, who had objected to an earlier version of the House GOP bill.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said earlier Tuesday she was "optimistic" that a deal could still be reached to prevent a default. However, she said Democrats will only vote for a clean bill that is free of extraneous measures, and if Boehner refused to take that approach he'll "need 100 percent Republican votes" in order for it to pass.