WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders will propose a six week increase in the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling Thursday morning during a closed door meeting with GOP lawmakers.
If there is enough support within the party, the House could vote as early as Thursday evening according to two GOP sources familiar with the plan. The sources declined to be named because the plan had not yet been endorsed by the Republican caucus.
The decision to seek approval for a short-term increase is in part because President Obama and congressional Democrats have declined to engage with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in budget talks.
Democrats say they will only negotiate after Republicans vote to increase the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, now in its tenth day.
Boehner will lead a team of 18 GOP lawmakers headed to the White House this afternoon to meet privately with the president.