WH: House GOP shutdown plan too partisan
WASHINGTON - The White House says the latest proposal from House Republican leaders for reopening the government and extending the nation's borrowing cap is a partisan effort to appease tea party conservatives.
The Obama administration also praised bipartisan negotiations in the Senate as a good-faith effort to end the partial government shutdown and avoid an economy-shaking default.
White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage says a proposal from House GOP leaders that would attach health care law changes to shut-down and debt ceiling measures is a, quote, "partisan attempt to appease a small group of tea party Republicans who forced the government shut down in the first place."
House leaders made the announcement Tuesday after a weekend filled with negotiations between Senate leaders. The counter-offer includes much of what's in the Senate deal, but adds a provision to suspend the healthcare law's tax on medical devices for two years and remove federal health care subsidies for the president and legislators when they obtain health coverage under the reforms.
It would also forbid the Treasury from taking what it calls extraordinary measures to prevent the government from defaulting as cash runs low, in effect requiring hard deadlines to extend the federal debt ceiling.
The White House announced it will meet with House Democratic leaders Tuesday afternoon as negotiations continue and a deadline to raise the debt ceiling moves ever closer.