The Next Step: A Negotiating Team

by Robert Costa

As the shutdown continues, House Republicans are moving forward slowly, and at their closed-door conference meeting this morning, no major announcements are expected. But the leadership will discuss its next step: a debt-limit negotiating team.

In the coming days, the House will likely consider legislation that would establish a bipartisan negotiating group to resolve the current fiscal impasse. It’d include select members from both chambers, and once passed, it’d start immediately.

This debt-limit-negotiations push will also be coupled with a bill to pay essential employees. House Republicans are tying the two bills together in order to pressure Senate Democrats to take them up.