A deal may be in the works to raise the debt ceiling but not to avoid the government shutdown. (Source: WSB/KNTV/HOUSE TV/CIA/SKYPE/CNN)
(WSB/KNTV/HOUSE TV/CIA/SKYPE/CNN) - Hoping to avoid a default on America's debt, there may be a short-term deal in the works to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
"The closer we get to the debt ceiling, the more likely it is to say, OK, let's do some of this together probably not long term, probably short term to get some resolution and continue to be able to negotiate and get things solved long term," said James Lankford, republican representative from Oklahoma.
A White House official says the President would "absolutely" sign a short-term deal that raises the debt ceiling - no strings attached.
That may be what republican leaders are preparing. Multiple republican house members told CNN that leaders are working on a proposal to raise the debt ceiling temporarily.
The deal would help the government avoid hitting its limit on borrowing next week, but it wouldn't end the stalemate over the partial government shutdown.
Amid that shutdown, concerns have risen in the airline industry over furloughed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety inspectors.
"It's a second set of eyes that are missing that will, in my opinion, would escalate risk," said Bill Hoogerhout, a furloughed FAA inspector.
The FAA is now calling hundreds of safety inspectors back to work. Similar announcements have come from the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence in the last few days.
A pair of hikers at Nevada's Red Rock Canyon apparently didn't realize the shutdown meant "no entry." they were quickly stopped by a park ranger.
"'What do you think you're doing here?' And we said, 'Hiking,'" said Gina Borchers, fined hikers.
Each were slapped with a $275 fine.
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