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Tone grows testy as House GOP offers separate debt limit, funding bill

5:39 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The tone is growing testy on Capitol Hill after House Republicans floated a plan to counter an emerging Senate deal aimed at ending the partial government shutdown and extending the Treasury's borrowing authority.

The GOP proposal would suspend a new tax on medical devices for two years and take away the federal government's contributions to health care for lawmakers and top administration officials. It would also fund the government through Jan. 15 and give Treasury the ability to borrow normally through Feb. 7.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has been involved in negotiations with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, blasted the House GOP plan as an attack on bipartisanship and vowed it would not pass the Senate.

That drew an angry response from Sen. John McCain, who accused Reid of "piling on." He's urging Reid to view the GOP plan as a good faith offer.

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