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Republicans Drop Keystone, Insurance Demand on Debt Limit

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xl keystone protestHouse Republican leaders are giving up efforts to couple a U.S. debt-limit increase with provisions backing the Keystone XL pipeline or repealing an insurance-risk provision in Obamacare, two party leadership aides said.

House leaders lack enough Republican support for either option, and they are looking at other possible conditions to attach to an increase in the debt limit, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private talks.

One option being discussed by some Republicans is raising the debt ceiling without conditions, relying mostly on Democratic votes.

Idaho Republican Raul Labrador told reporters that Democrats are “going to reject even the most reasonable alternative” on the debt limit increase. Because Republicans don’t want a “cataclysmic fight” over the issue, it makes more sense to accept that and point out that Democrats won’t negotiate, he said.

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