Obama calls Boehner about shutdown, but no progress is made

Posted by Anita Kumar on October 8, 2013 

They're talking -- sort of.

President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday morning to say again what we have been hearing from him publicly in recent days -- that he will not negotiate with Republicans on re-opening the government or raising the debt ceiling.

"The president called the speaker again today to reiterate that he won't negotiate on a government funding bill or debt limit increase," said Brendan Buck, Boehner spokesman.

Obama urged Boehner to hold a vote that would re-open the federal government immediately and pass a Senate bill to raise the debt ceiling for a year.

"The president also repeated his willingness to negotiate on priorities that he has identified including policies that expand economic opportunity, support private sector job creation, enhance the competitiveness of American businesses, strengthen the Affordable Care Act and continue to reduce the nation’s deficit," according to the White House.

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