WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - Congress has 11 days left to vote to raise the nation's borrowing limit.
Some republicans have been pushing for changes to Obamacare as part of negotiations to raise the debt ceiling.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says President Obama will reach for middle ground, but that negotiations must take place after the government shutdown ends and borrowing limit is raised.
"We've never gotten to the point where the United States government operated without at built to borrow. It's very dangerous. It's reckless," Lew said. "The reality is there are no good choice it's we run out of borrowing choices and we run out of cash. That means the United States for the first time since 1789 will be not paying its bills, hurting the full faith in credit because of a political decision."
Lew noted in an op-ed in USA Today last week that raising the debt ceiling does not allow the government to spend more, but merely allows the country to pay the bills it already owes.
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