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Washington (AFP) – The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on its own bill to end a government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday, just two days before Washington exhausts its borrowing authority.

The Republican plan is similar to a measure being worked up in the Senate, which would fund government through January 15 while extending the debt ceiling to February 7, according to Congressman Darrell Issa.

But he said the House bill will include provisions aimed at chipping away at President Barack Obama’s health care law by delaying for two years a medical device tax that helps fund the reforms.

“We’re today going to vote a bill that we believe the Senate can accept,” Issa said.

“Now if the Senate wants to say ‘my way or the highway,’ then I suggest that Senate Republicans not go along with that strategy.”

The U.S. federal government has been partially shut down for just over two weeks since Congress failed to agree a budget for the new fiscal year, and the Treasury has warned that it will could hit its debt ceiling any time from Thursday.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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