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Debt limit default date looms over Washington
(ABC) WASHINGTON -- It's day 15 of the shutdown.
But many are more focused on the deadline only two days away.
Lawmakers have to increase the amount of debt the country can carry, or face a possible default.
Bipartisan negotiations continue in the senate as House republicans unveiled their own proposal today.
Today - a sense of urgency seemed to kick in on Capitol Hill.
Two separate plans to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling are emerging
Confident we will reach a comp agreement this week to avoid a catastrophic default on America's bills
The senate is working towards a tentative deal that would-reopen the government but only until January 15
-avoid a default by extending the nation's credit limit - but only until February 7-and here's the key - no major changes to the health care law.
But conservatives in the House were not happy with that last point.
So today - after meeting with his fellow republicans - Speaker John Boehner said they'll vote on their own plan.
The plan tracks closely to the senate plan when it comes to the short term funding to reopen the government and an extension of the debt ceiling.
But it will also include several Obamacare provisions including -eliminating health care subsidies for members of congress and suspending the medical
device tax for two years......which the White House has insisted would substantially increase the deficit.
If Republicans aren't willing to set aside some of their partisan concerns in order to do what's right for the country, we stand a good chance of
Nobody is escaping blame - but it's republicans who are still taking the brunt of it. The latest ABC News-Washington Post found that 74
% of Americans disapprove of the way republicans are handling these budget talks.