The U.S. House of Representatives will bring to a vote the bill prepared Tuesday by Republicans in an attempt to end the government shutdown, which has been going on since Oct. 1 due to the lack of a budget agreement, and avoid a default.
"The House will vote tonight to reopen the government and avoid default," Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said in a statement.
The legislation, Steel said, would "end Obamacare subsidies for elected officials and staff in Washington, D.C., and pressure Senate Democrats to accept more sensible" time frames for reopening the government and authorizing the Treasury to borrow more money.
The Republican plan would include temporary financing of the federal government up until Dec. 15 and it would raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, 2014.
The text of the House bill eliminates the ability of the U.S. Treasury to use "extraordinary measures" to temporarily extend the debt limit.
The Senate, which in a bipartisan way led the negotiations over the weekend, decided on Tuesday to suspend them with the aim of getting the GOP-controlled House, which precipitated the shutdown, to negotiate its own proposal.
Lawmakers were racing against the clock on Tuesday in the halls of Congress, talking with one another and seeking an accord, just two days before the current debt limit deadline. EFE