WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A comparison of tentative House and Senate plans for ending the government shutdown and extending the federal debt limit, as of Tuesday afternoon. Changes in both plans were possible:
ENDING THE SHUTDOWN:
Senate plan: Reopen government immediately, fund agencies through Jan. 15.
House plan: Same.
EXTENDING THE DEBT LIMIT:
Senate plan: Extended through Feb. 7. Preserves Treasury secretary's ability to shift funds among various accounts to let government keep paying bills for brief periods once the debt limit is reached.
House plan: Extended through Feb. 7. Treasury secretary would not be allowed to shift funds among various accounts to let government keep paying bills once debt limit is reached.
RESOLVING LONGER TERM SPENDING AND BUDGET ISSUES:
Senate plan: House-Senate bargainers would have to produce a report by mid-December.
House plan: Same.
CHANGES TO 2010 HEALTH CARE LAW:
Senate plan: No major changes. New procedures for verifying incomes of recipients of federal health insurance subsidies to make sure they qualify.
House plan: No major changes. New procedures for checking incomes of recipients of federal health insurance subsidies. The president, vice president, Cabinet secretaries and other administration appointees, members of Congress and perhaps congressional staff would lose the federal contribution that helps them pay health insurance premiums. Delays tax on some medical devices for two years.
1995: John Boehner
In this Dec. 21, 1995, file photo Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, dumps out coal, his so-called Christmas gift to President Clinton, during a news conference about the federal budget on Capitol Hill as Congressional Republicans tried to restart balanced budget talks on day six of the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin, File)
2013: John Boehner
US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks to the media following a meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2013, on the second day of the government shutdown. Boehner left talks with Obama Wednesday complaining that Democrats will not negotiate to end a government shutdown. The White House is squaring off with Republican rivals in Congress over how to fund federal agencies, many of which are now closed, leaving some 800,000 furloughed workers in the lurch and a fragile economy at risk. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
1995: Air & Space Museum Closed
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 1995, file photo, Mike Fetters afixes a closed sign on a door at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington as parts of the federal government were shutdown due a federal budget impasse between President Clinton and the Republican Congress. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
2013: Air & Space Museum Closed
Signs alerting visitors that the National Air and Space Museum is closed are taped to the doors while the building remains indefinitely closed on the National Mall October 1, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
1995: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 1995, file photo, President Bill Clinton meets with House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Ga., left, and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas, to grapple with competing balanced budget plans. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File)
2013: Barack Obama, Democrats
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Senate Democratic leadership, including (from left), Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL; Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, and Senator Patty Murray, D-NV in the Oval Office of the White House on October 11, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
1996: Washington Monument
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 1996, file photo the sun gleams down on the still-closed Washington Monument as the federal budget impasse continued in Washington. OK, gridlocked politicians we're used to. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File)
2013: Washington Monument
A man checks his cell phone at the Reflecting Pool next to the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. October 6, 2013. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
1996: State Department Protesters
In this Jan. 3, 1996, file photo federal workers demonstrate against the partial federal government shutdown outside the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File)
2013: World War II Memorial Protest
Protesters take part in a demonstration at the World War II memorial on October 13, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
1995: Lincoln Memorial
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1995, file photo, U.S. Park Service Police Officer P.G. Carroll stands in front of closed signs at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, during a partial shutdown of the federal government. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)
2013: Lincoln Memorial Closed
A U.S. Park Police officer watches at left as a National Park Service employee posts a sign on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)