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Bottom Line on Some Top Issues in Washington

Debt limit increase. House Republicans are discussing a plan that would include a short-term debt limit increase without reopening the government. This maintains the showdown between Republicans and Democrats because the White House has insisted that Republicans agree to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling before negotiations may begin on how to resolve these matters long-term. President Barack Obama has indicated he would sign a short-term measures provided they do not have partisan riders on them (e.g. defund ObamaCare). Prospect of the GOP playing with default has started to unsettle financial markets and major GOP donors, and several major conservative groups have pushed the party to focus its fight on the continuing resolution funding the government instead.

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