By Michael Curtis
Officials say house republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the 11-day partial government shutdown as part of a framework that would include cuts in benefit programs.
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. This shutdown is affecting a large group of citizens including veteran Clara Jones.
“I’m a veteran and there’s a fear that I wont receive my check for the next month, that will put a hardship on my family and myself,” said Jones.
House republicans insistence on spending cuts in the health care law as the price for reopening government has frustrated many senate Republicans, who see the battle as unwinnable.