WASHINGTON (AP) Officials say House Republican leaders are considering a short-term increase in the nation's debt limit as one way out of an impasse that threatens the nation with an unprecedented financial default.
These officials say there is less urgency among GOP leaders about ending a partial shutdown of the government, now in its ninth day.
They declined to say what conditions, if any, might be attached to a bill to raise the debt limit for an undetermined period, perhaps a few weeks or two months.
President Barack Obama has said he won't agree to sign a debt limit increase if conditions are attached, but Republicans are demanding as yet-unspecified concessions.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to disclose details of private deliberations.
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