WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say Senate Democrats intend to introduce legislation by the middle of the week that would raise the nation's debt limit without the type of unrelated conditions Republicans have said they want to add.
The emerging measure is likely to allow President Barack Obama to raise the borrowing limit on his own authority, although it could be blocked if both houses vote to do so.
Republicans have said they want long-term deficit cuts or reforms to benefit programs and perhaps a rollback in environmental rules as the price for raising the current $16.7 trillion debt limit.
But Obama has ruled out negotiations on the measure, although he has said he is willing to discuss fiscal and other issues with the GOP once the weeklong partial government shutdown is over and the Treasury is free to borrow again.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the government will hit that limit within 10 days, if Congress does not take action.
175-a-08-(Representative Sander Levin, D-Mich., in remarks)-"let us vote"-Michigan Congressman Sander Levin says House Speaker John Boehner incorrectly said yesterday that there are not enough votes in the House to pass a clean bill ending the shutdown. (7 Oct 2013)
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174-a-10-(Representative Mo Brooks, R-Ala., in remarks)-"an American bankruptcy"-Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks says he's willing to continue a shutdown to force other lawmakers into taking action against government spending. (7 Oct 2013)
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APPHOTO DCSA108: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse, neither side backing down, after House GOP conservatives linked the funding bill to President Obama's existent health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (7 Oct 2013)
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APPHOTO WX101: FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Clean CR. Discharge petition. Motion to appoint conferees. The rancorous budget fight in Washington offers a crash course in the arcane ways and language of Congress, with many Americans unnerved by the government shutdown not only trying to figure out what's going on but what lawmakers are talking about in the daily operations in the House and Senate. The stalemate also has cast a spotlight on the institutional power of two men — House Speaker John Boehner and Reid — and whether they can act unilaterally as their political foes insist. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (3 Oct 2013)
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