President Urges Speaker to Hold Vote on Reopening Government

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos."

Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and a few hours after calling Boehner.

Obama says he urged Boehner to hold a vote immediately to reopen the government.

The White House says Obama also urged Boehner to hold a vote that would allow the government to borrow more money.

Senate Democrats are planning a vote this week to provide new borrowing, without new spending cuts Republicans want.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Hard-line House Republicans are dismissing dire warnings that a government default would wreck U.S. and world economies. They say it's another case of hyperbole from an Obama administration that already cried wolf on automatic budget cuts and a partial government shutdown.

At the same time, congressional Democrats have agreed to so many exemptions to the partial government shutdown that they've mitigated the pain and kept nearly all federal spending alive.

Several GOP conservatives challenged Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's insistence that on Oct. 17 the United States will no longer have the ability to borrow and the threat of default would be imminent.

Republican Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida says he doesn't think the U.S. will ever default.