The fiscal showdown in Washington entered its final stages as the House and Senate prepared competing plans that would end the 15-day-old government shutdown and prevent the U.S. from missing promised payments.
Both plans would fund the government through Jan. 15, 2014 and suspend the U.S. debt limit until Feb. 7. As the differences narrow between the parties, the House vote will show whether Republicans are willing to raise borrowing authority and end the shutdown without major changes to the 2010 health-care law.
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