In it, but not of it. TPM DC
- Temporary spending bill to re-open the government until Jan. 15.
- Increase the debt limit enough to last until Feb. 7.
- A two-year delay of Obamacare's medical device tax.
- A requirement that the Obama administration verify the income of Americans receiving tax subsidies through Obamacare (specifics pending).
- A revised version of the so-called Vitter Amendment, in this case requiring Congress members and executive department officials like President Obama -- but not their staffs -- to purchase insurance through the law's marketplace without federal employer subsidies.
- Eliminates Treasury Department's ability to use "extraordinary measures" to avoid default.
The House is expected to vote on the bill today.
It's effectively a counteroffer to the deal brewing between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the other chamber. It has a few similarities -- most importantly, the dates for funding the government and raising the debt limit appear roughly the same -- but some key differences.
It adds the medical device tax delay and revised Vitter amendment. It also removes a reported element of the Senate deal, which would have delayed Obamacare's reinsurance tax, a change that Senate Democrats sought in exchange for the income verification piece.
Senate Republicans, who were scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. ET to review the Reid-McConnell proposal, moved their meeting to 12:30 p.m. ET as news of the House GOP's plan broke.