Boehner Says Obama Still Won't Negotiate; Dems Say GOP Keeps Moving Goals

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner has emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama to say the president is still refusing to negotiate.

Obama and congressional leaders met at the White House on the second day of a partial government shutdown. Boehner says it was a nice conversation but suggested little progress was made. He says he wants Obama and Democrats to sit down for a serious discussion about funding the government.

Boehner says House Republicans have sent four proposals for funding the government to the Senate, but they've all been rejected. He says the Senate should appoint conferees to work out differences between a House and Senate proposals.

Obama and Senate Democrats have rejected the House-passed proposals because they all make major changes to Obama's health care law.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says House Republicans keep "moving the goal posts" on a budget deal.

The California Democrat said Wednesday that Republican House Speaker John Boehner needs to allow a vote on a Senate passed bill and the government will reopen.

President Barack Obama called congressional leaders of both parties to the White House to discuss the partial government shutdown now in its second day.

House Republicans are demanding changes to Obama's health care law in exchange for reopening the government. Obama has refused. He insists that the House follow the Senate and pass a government funding bill that's free of other demands.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, says House Republicans are too focused on the health care law.


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