Obama is willing to sign 'clean' debt ceiling bill

President Barack Obama is willing to sign a "clean" bill to raise the US debt ceiling - one that does not include policy demands - but it is not yet clear what House Republicans are proposing, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

White House press secretary Jay Carney.
White House press secretary Jay Carney. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

"The President is happy that cooler heads at least seem to be prevailing in the House," Mr Carney said, responding to news that House Republicans are working on a short-term extension of the debt ceiling.

"We haven't seen a bill yet," Mr Carney added.


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