Government Shutdown Talks, “Hit A Brick Wall”

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government shutdownWASHINGTON D.C. (CNN)- Talks between House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama over the government shutdown and looming debt limit deadline have hit a brick wall.

Boehner relayed the news to his Republican caucus during a Saturday morning meeting after a night of work where little progress was made. Republican Rep. Paul Labrador of Idaho emerged from the meeting, telling CNN that “the President rejected our deal.”
The standstill has decreased the possibility that the House would vote to reopen the government this weekend and while leadership would remain in Washington to work on a proposal, rank-and-file members might return to their districts until Monday afternoon.

The proposal from House Republicans is to increase the federal borrowing limit for about six weeks to avoid a potentially harmful default as soon as October 17, when the Obama administration says the government will run out of money to pay its bills.

But the lack of a mechanism to immediately reopen the government — which has been partially shut down since October 1, prompting the furlough of hundreds of thousands of workers, the closing of national parks and an increase in public anger — could turn off some Democrats.

Even some Republicans in the Senate want to see a deal that addresses the government shutdown. Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said the President is waiting for a better offer.
“It doesn’t seem like the White House is serious at all about entering negotiations with us until they see what the comes out of the Senate. If they get something out of the Senate that’s weaker than our negotiated position it obviously strengthens their position,” Kinzinger said.

The standstill comes after a Friday afternoon phone call between Boehner and Obama where they decided to “all keep talking.”
Conversations on Friday did, however, yield some points of agreement among lawmakers, including on altering Obama’s signature health care reforms and raising revenue to prevent forced cuts in government spending.

At the White House, press secretary Jay Carney repeated Obama’s position Friday afternoon that the partial shutdown must end before budget talks aimed to address the debt begin.

However, he didn’t close the door completely on the House GOP plan, saying Obama would sign a temporary debt ceiling increase “as a bare minimum” as long as Republicans didn’t attach partisan policy issues to it.
Republicans like Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois say a temporary debt ceiling hike will allow all parties to “concentrate on the continuing resolution.” His chamber could vote on the measure as soon as this weekend.

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    • kdude

      You sir are a very ignorant individual and obviously don't follow the issue. The GOP is refusing to fund a program that is incomplete, so complex that even the people who wrote it don't know what's in it, gives control of your health care to the IRS (you do know what the IRS is for don't you?), and close to 60% of the country either doesn't understand it or doesn't want it. Now, who is more guilty of treason?? Why haven't the Obama's signed up yet? Why is congress & all of their staff exempt? Why do unions want to be exempt? It's all about Obamacare Dale, have you signed up yet??

    • Scherzerfan

      In addition to the "Obamadoesn'tcare" act it seems that a lot of people either do not know or care about the ridiculous borrowing and spending and consequences we are facing. For @ sake man, read or listen to the news. Somebody had to call attention to the carelessness of this administration that is making the US a joke.