Shutdown: House Postpones Rules Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
On Tuesday, the fifteenth day of the government shutdown, a debt ceiling proposal announced earlier in the day by the House GOP leadership appeared to stall as Senate Leaders Reid and McConnell restarted negotiations on a bipartisan Senate plan for reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling. House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) confirmed that the Rules meeting and votes on the alternative proposal would not take place tonight as scheduled.
President Obama met with members of the House Democratic Leadership. Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Congressmen Hoyer (D-MD), Clyburn (D-SC), Becerra (D-CA), Crowley (D-NY), Israel (D-NY) and Van Hollen (D-MD) attended the meeting. The members spoke to reporters following the meeting, reiterating their position on the debt ceiling and government shutdown.
During party lunches, Senators reportedly planned to discuss the current proposals to re-open the federal government and what to do about debt ceiling. However, neither party spoke to reporters at the end of the lunch meetings.
The Obama Administration has said that Thursday is when the Treasury Department will run out of its borrowing authority to fully pay the nation's bills if the debt ceiling is not increased.
Along with negotiation discussions, the House meets Tuesday for debate and votes on H.J.Res. 83 - Impact Aid for Local Schools Act.
The Senate session meets Tuesday for more debate on proceeding to a measure proposing to lift the debt ceiling.
The federal government has been shut down since October 1.
on Oct. 16, 2013 at 1:17 AM