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House GOP unity breaks down over latest shutdown offer

Stephen Dinan and Seth McLaughlin
The Washington Times [1]
October 15, 2013

House Republican leaders were searching for votes Tuesday to pass a debt increase and stopgap spending bill, facing a rebellion within their own ranks that felt the latest proposal to make two small dents in Obamacare wasn’t enough of a victory.

Speaker John A. Boehner emerged from a two-hour caucus meeting to tell reporters he’s talking with Republicans and Democrats — a sign of trouble for his plan to raise the debt and reopen the government while repealing an Obamacare tax and requiring President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and other top political appointees to enter health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.

“There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do,” Mr. Boehner said.

An hour earlier rank-and-file Republicans came out of the meeting to say their leaders had proposed taking a plan being worked on in the Senate and attaching the two Obamacare changes, and were going to put that bill on the House floor later Tuesday.

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