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By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper
A House GOP lawmaker tells CNN that the a new plan being discussed among House Republicans entails one bill that would re-open the government, lift the debt ceiling, while also requiring some changes to safety net or “entitlement” programs and paving a way for tax reform legislation that the House Ways and Means Committee has been working on.
House Republicans would agree to lift the lower “sequester” spending parameters of the budget, which they believe congressional Democrats would see as a concession.
A senior House GOP source, however, poured cold water on this potential plan, saying this is “someone’s ideal pipe dream but no one is moving this bill.”
Many of the measures in this new potential plan were spelled out in Rep. Paul Ryan’s op-ed in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, titled “Here's How We Can End This Stalemate.” It’s not clear at all that the more hardcore tea party elements of the GOP would go along with this plan; a senior staffer for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, criticized the Ryan op-ed on Twitter this morning for not mentioning Obamacare.
But, this House GOP lawmaker tells CNN, Obamacare didn’t come up even once during Tuesday’s meeting of the House GOP caucus.
Ryan wrote in his op-ed that “most of us agree that gradual, structural reforms are better than sudden, arbitrary cuts” to safety net programs such as Medicare. "Here are just a few ideas to get the conversation started. We could ask the better off to pay higher premiums for Medicare. We could reform Medigap plans to encourage efficiency and reduce costs. And we could ask federal employees to contribute more to their own retirement.The president has embraced these ideas in budget proposals he has submitted to Congress. And in earlier talks with congressional Republicans, he has discussed combining Medicare's Part A and Part B, so the program will be less confusing for seniors.”
The op-ed also discusses the tax reform ideas worked on by House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mi., and his Senate counterpart Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana. The House is close to having legislation ready that would not raise any revenues, but would lower rates while closing tax loopholes, the congressman said.