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House GOP moves toward extending nation's debt limit

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It is not clear if the hike to the $16.7 trillion debt limit would be completely "clean," meaning it would not demand concessions from Democrats. A clean hike would mark a significant concession to the White House.

It's also unclear if the House will end up including language in the bill to end the government shutdown that began its 10th day Thursday and has led to lower public approval ratings for Republicans.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) said the Republican Conference was divided on whether the measure should also allow the government to reopen.

Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), exiting the meeting, predicted that whatever leadership brings to the floor would be approved.

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