House GOP toils away on its own debt ceiling plan
According to an article in the Washington Post, House Republican leaders plan to push their own proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. The proposed deal includes a delay of the controversial medical device tax.
The proposed plan would add a two-year repeal of the medical device tax and includes a provision eliminating the employer health-care contribution for members of Congress and White House officials.
"The speaker had said this: that the House is likely to launch an initiative, as early as today, that would do a few things: essentially use the same time frames for the debt limit and the CR as in the Senate negotiations ... it would strike the reinsurance tax -- the $63 per head tax for the large self-insurers and the large unions," Dent said. "That would be out and would replaced with a two-year delay of the medical device tax, plus a variation of the derivative of the Vitter language, minus the congressional staff. But I think it would affect Congress and the White House and White House staff."