(Washington, DC) -- House Republican leaders are putting the finishing touches on a bill aimed at ending the government shutdown and averting a debt crisis. The House bill is slightly different from legislation that Senate leaders are trying to finalize. The partial shutdown of the federal government is in its third week and the threat of a default looms Thursday without a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The Senate and House bills would both extend government funding until mid January and increase the debt ceiling until early February.
The House bill would also tinker with Obamacare by delaying a tax on new medical devices. Additionally, the House measure would prevent the Treasury Department from using extraordinary measures to extend the nation's borrowing authority beyond February 7th.