Obama ‘Would Likely Sign’ Short-Term Debt Limit Increase

(ABC News) – The House Republican proposal for a short-term deal to increase the debt limit is “an encouraging sign,” the White House said today, suggesting that President Obama would sign such a bill even if Congress fails to end the government shutdown.

The president “would likely sign” such an increase, even if Republicans do not pass a “clean” funding bill to reopen the government, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

But Carney would not directly answer whether the president would engage in broader budget negotiations, as Republicans are demanding, before the government is reopened.

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