House Republican leaders are moving forward with a bill Tuesday to lift the debt ceiling, reopen government and enact a host of other policies.
The bill is expected to be marked up in the House Rules Committee late Tuesday afternoon, and will make its way to the floor Tuesday evening. Republican leadership has not formally whipped the bill, and they are not sure it will pass the House.
If it does, Senate Democrats have made clear the measure has no chance on the other side of the Capitol. It’s unclear whether the two chambers will be able to agree on a budget deal before the U.S. exhausts its borrowing authority on Thursday.
The decision to hold a vote comes after House GOP leaders scrambled all afternoon to rewrite the bill to satisfy the desires of different pockets of lawmakers.
As a result, Republicans have dropped a provision that would have repealed a tax on medical devices. Earlier Tuesday, a senior GOP aide was touting it as a common-sense change that the White House and Democratic Senate should accept. They have also dropped a provision that would’ve required the Department of Health and Human Services to verify the income of individuals who receive subsidies under Obamacare.
In addition, Republicans are including the so-called Vitter amendment, which cancels health-insurance subsidies for Capitol Hill staffers in addition to members of Congress, the president, vice president and the White House cabinet.
Government funding will run until Dec. 15 — earlier Tuesday, GOP leaders proposed keeping government open until Jan. 15. The debt ceiling will be lifted until Feb. 7, and the legislation bars the Treasury Department from using extraordinary measures to extend the debt limit.