White House Dismisses House GOP Proposal

WASHINGTON (October 15, 2013)--The White House says the latest proposal from House Republican leaders for ending the government shutdown and extending the nation's debit ceiling is a partisan effort designed to appease tea party conservatives.

The White House praised praises bipartisan negotiations in the Senate as a good-faith effort to end the partial government shutdown and avoid an economy-shaking default.

The White House also announced it will meet with House Democratic leaders Tuesday afternoon as negotiations continue and a deadline to raise the debt ceiling moves ever closer.

White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said a proposal from House GOP leaders that would attach health care law changes to shut-down and debt ceiling measures is a "partisan attempt to appease a small group of tea party Republicans who forced the government shut down in the first place."

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