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House GOP Offers Debt Limit Hike, End To Shutdown In Package With Spending Cuts: Report

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House Republicans have offered an increase in the debt limit and an end to the government shutdown in a package with spending cuts, the AP reports.

The offer comes on the 11th day of the government shutdown.

Below, more from the AP:

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the partial government shutdown as part of a package that includes cuts in benefit programs.

Senior aides to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor outlined the proposal at a late-night White House meeting Thursday with senior administration officials.

In addition to ending the shutdown and increasing the debt limit, the proposal includes an easing of the across-the-board spending cuts that began taking effect a year ago, and replacing them with curbs in benefit programs that Obama himself has backed.

Among them is a plan to raise the cost of Medicare for better-off beneficiaries.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss private deliberations.

This story has been updated with more from the AP.

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