Senate Takes Reins of Fiscal Deal After House Fails to Take Up Plan


Earlier this morning, the House proposed a plan that would make more changes to Obama's health care law, including a delay in a tax on medical devices and a provision that would force members of Congress, their staff and cabinet members to get their health insurance from exchanges without government subsidies.

But even before the details of the plan emerged, the White House signaled that Obama would reject it. And it was unclear whether it even had enough Republican support for passage in the House.

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House Republicans, amid the challenge of pushing Democrats for more concessions in a compromise deal, began their 9 a.m. meeting today by singing the hymn "Amazing Grace" to "strengthen their resolve," according to a senior GOP aide.

"There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go," Boehner told reporters this morning after a two-hour meeting with rank and file Republicans. "But we are going to continue to work with our members on both sides of the aisle to try to make sure there is no issue of default and we get our government reopened."

Obama today in an interview with ABC station WABC-TV in New York suggested that Boehner is getting in the way of a bipartisan compromise because he can't control his own Republicans caucus.

"The problem that we've got is that for Speaker Boehner for example, him negotiating with me isn't necessarily good for the extreme faction in his caucus. It weakens him," Obama said. "So there have been repeated situations where we have agreements then he goes back and it turns out that he can't control his caucus."

ABC News' Arlette Saenz contributed to this report.

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