US lower house to vote on own plan

2013-10-15 18:20

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Washington - The US House of Representatives will vote on its own bill to end a government shut-down and debt ceiling stand-off, Republican lawmakers said on Tuesday, just two days before Washington exhausts its borrowing authority.

The Republican plan is similar to a measure being worked up in the Senate, which would fund government through 15 January while extending the debt ceiling to 7 February, according to Congressman Darrell Issa.

But he said the House bill will include provisions aimed at chipping away at President Barack Obama's health care law by delaying for two years a medical device tax that helps fund the reforms.

"We're today going to vote a bill that we believe the Senate can accept," Issa said.

"Now if the Senate wants to say 'my way or the highway,' then I suggest that Senate Republicans not go along with that strategy."

The US federal government has been partially shut down for just over two weeks since Congress failed to agree a budget for the new fiscal year, and the Treasury has warned that it will could hit its debt ceiling any time from Thursday.

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