-- Democrats say the White House has signaled that the cost-sharing reduction subsidy payments under Obamacare will continue even if language guaranteeing them is not included in the government funding bill.
The latest move by the White House removes a major obstacle in budget talks between Republicans and Democrats before a funding deadline on Friday and significantly lowers the chance of a government shutdown.
"Our major concerns in these negotiations have been about funding for the [border] wall and uncertainty about the [cost-sharing reduction] payments crucial to the stability of the marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi said in a statement. "We've now made progress on both of these fronts."
At a minimum, this means the administration will continue making the payments until the end of May, when the administration has to provide a status update to a court.
Appropriators are continuing to negotiate in a bipartisan fashion on a catchall spending bill to fund the government through September.
In the event that the House and Senate cannot clear a measure by the midnight Friday deadline, Congress could pass a stopgap measure that funds the government for a week at current levels to give appropriators more time to finish negotiations.