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Competing House, Senate Shutdown, Debt Limit Plans

Created: 10/15/2013 9:55 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A comparison of House and Senate plans for ending the government shutdown and extending the federal debt limit, as of Tuesday evening. House Republicans withdrew their plan late Tuesday before a vote after it became clear it would have been defeated. Further changes in the Senate proposal are possible.
    
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ENDING THE SHUTDOWN:
    
Senate plan: Reopen government immediately, fund agencies through Jan. 15.
    
House plan: Reopen government immediately, fund agencies through Dec. 15.
    
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EXTENDING THE DEBT LIMIT:
    
Senate plan: Extended through Feb. 7. Preserves Treasury secretary's ability to shift funds among various accounts to let government keep paying bills for brief periods once the debt limit is reached.
    
House plan: Extended through Feb. 7. Treasury secretary would not be allowed to shift funds among various accounts to let government keep paying bills once debt limit is reached.
    
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RESOLVING LONGER-TERM SPENDING AND BUDGET ISSUES:
    
Senate plan: House-Senate bargainers would have to produce a report by mid-December.
    
House plan: No such language.
    
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CHANGES TO 2010 HEALTH CARE LAW:
    
Senate plan: No major changes.
    
House plan: No major changes. The president, vice president, Cabinet secretaries and other administration appointees, members of Congress and congressional staff would lose the federal contribution that helps them pay health insurance premiums.

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