Shutdown-Debt fight: There’s talk— about talks

Shutdown-Debt fight: There’s talk— about talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints today they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a threatened default - in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on measures to reduce deficits and change the nation’s three-year-old health care law. “I suspect we can work out a mechanism to raise the debt ceiling while a negotiation is underway,” said Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, who is close to Speaker John Boehner.

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