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After weeks of near silence without any hint of a potential compromise between the Obama administration and congressional Republicans over raising the nation's debt ceiling, the White House may be offering some conciliatory language that could help lead to a deal to prevent a potential default on October 17.
As recently as Friday, White House officials declined to specify any demand for the length of a deal to increase the nation's debt ceiling.
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Then on Monday, a White House official said it was up to Congress to decide how long the debt ceiling increase should last.
"It is up to Congress to pass a debt limit increase, and up to them for how long and when they want to deal with this again," the official told CNN. "We have been super clear we think longer is better because it lends more certainty."
With parts of the government shut down for a week and counting, the focus of ending a deepening political stalemate is shifting to the upcoming deadline to increase how much the federal government can borrow. The. DO YOU HAVE A STORY? CALL US AT 817-919-5613