GOP Offers Deal for Short-Term Funding; White House Doesn’t Approve It

The GOP offered a deal to the White House and Congressional Democrats for a potential debt extension. The White House says President Barack Obama and Republican leaders reached no specific determination on how to end the partial government shutdown or raise the nation’s debt ceiling. The White House, however, described the meeting as good and said Obama looked forward to progress.

Obama met Thursday with 20 House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur), in the White House Roosevelt Room. The Republicans offered a plan for a temporary extension of the federal debt ceiling and immediate negotiations over how to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 10th day.

Obama has insisted on the government reopening before initiating budget talks.

The meeting lasted about 90 minutes. It came after Obama met with Senate Democrats.

A Friday morning update is below.

WASHINGTON—After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default.

The two sides planned to continue discussions Friday, a day after Obama and top administration officials met for 90 minutes with House Speaker John Boehner and other House GOP leaders at the White House. No agreement was reported and plenty of hurdles remained, but both sides cast their meeting positively as, for the first time, hopes emerged that a resolution might be attainable, even if only a temporary one.

Obama planned a late-morning White House meeting with GOP senators, who said they would present options of their own for ending the shutdown and debt limit standoff. Determined to resolve the twin crises, the Republicans have reached out to senior Democrats, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.

“Let’s put this hysterical talk of default behind us and instead start talking about finding solutions to the problems,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at the start of the Senate session Friday, shortly before the White House meeting.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., rejected the notion of a six-week increase in the nation’s borrowing authority, pressing not only for a longer, 15-month measure but a reopening of the government.

A White House statement about Thursday’s meeting with House Republicans said “no specific determination was made” but added, “The president looks forward to making continued progress with members on both sides of the aisle.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said that the meeting was “clarifying for both sides” and that following a night of negotiations, “hopefully we can see a way forward.”

The talks were held shortly before a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll was released bearing ominous news for the GOP. It showed more people blaming Republicans than Obama for the shutdown, 53 percent to 31 percent. Just 24 percent viewed the GOPpositively, compared with 39 percent with positive views of the Democratic Party.

Boehner, R-Ohio, brought a proposal to the White House meeting to extend federal borrowing authority through Nov. 22, conditioned on Obama’s agreeing to negotiate over spending cuts and the government shutdown. But participants said the discussion expanded to ways to quickly end the shutdown, which entered its 11th day Friday.

“It’s clear he’d like to have the shutdown stopped,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said of Obama. “And we’re trying to find out what he would insist upon” to reopen the government “and what we would insist upon.”

One major problem for Boehner’s plan was highlighted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. After he and fellow Senate Democrats had their own White House meeting with Obama, Reid said negotiations before the government reopens — a key part of Boehner’s proposal — were “not going to happen.”

Boehner’s offer represented give on the part of Republicans, who had been insisting on cuts to Obama’s 2010 health care law and other programs as the price for reopening government and extending the debt limit. But they claimed victory on one front, noting that they were in negotiations with a president who had said repeatedly there would be none until the government was open and default prevented.

The speaker’s plan — and positive though unenthusiastic words about it from White House spokesman Jay Carney — seemed to spark a good day in the financial world. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 323 points, or 2.2 percent. European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said that while a U.S. default would inflict “severe damage” on the global economy, the world believes Washington will “find a way out of this.”

The shutdown has idled 350,000 civil servants, prevented the Social Security Administration from revealing next year’s cost-of-living increase for recipients and curtailed many consumer safety inspections.

The Obama administration has warned that the government will exhaust its borrowing authority on Oct. 17 and risk being unable to pay its bills and facing default.

“It would be a grave mistake” to ignore the risks to the U.S. and world economy that a default would raise, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.

House Republicans’ insistence on spending cuts and deficit reduction come with the 2013 budget shortfall expected to drop below $700 billion after four years exceeding $1 trillion annually.

But their insistence on cuts in the health care law as the price for reopening government has frustrated many Senate Republicans, who see that battle as unwinnable.

That has prompted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other GOP senators to seek their own possible resolution to the shutdown and debt limit fights.

“For the first time there seems to be some movement,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said after a meeting with McConnell, R-Ky., and a half dozen Senate Republicans.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and others have proposed a six-month extension of government spending, repeal of the medical device tax and greater flexibility for agencies to deal with across-the-board spending cuts in effect this year.

McCain said the goal was ending the shutdown and raising the debt limit, but said, “We will not defund Obamacare,” a crucial demand for conservatives.

Reid has proposed extending the debt limit through 2014, which would boost the current $16.7 trillion debt limit by around $1 trillion. He has been planning for a test vote by Saturday on the measure, which has no other conditions, but Republicans may have enough votes to block it unless he agrees to changes.

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  • Peggy Willmott Baker

    I hate to tell you this, but I really liked Breaking Dawn, 1 and 2 but I am a Vampire fan. It doesn’t frighten me, like devil movies.

  • LTE2

    Hostages, ransom…. sounds like the Democrats are getting their talking points from an advertising agency.

  • Brian Williams

    So republicans “doing their job” means allowing Obama have everything? Don’t gewt me wrong but they are doing their job by going by their conservative base, and not letting him have everything.

    • Jeeves Seveej

      George Bush had this same problem with dems and repubs and didn’t budge either. Because he knew the moment you give in, they will never stop threatening to put the country into calamity the moment they want something done. You act like you forgot all the posturing from Boehner and the republicans about how they weren’t going to give in to anything other than what they wanted which was a full defunding of Obamacare. Which means unless the president illegally tried to disregard a supreme court ruling they were going to let everybody suffer at their hands. Let this shut down continue, let not one crooked politician involved survive it, the president included, and let Obama care fall flat on it’s @ss all on it’s own. Because in two years when we still aren’t able to implement it because of our networks, and people are being fined we will sue the government and it will be overturned. THAT IS THE WAY THE SYSTEM HAS TO WORK. THAT IS THE WAY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DESIGNED IT. Quit trying to USURP the constitution because you don’t like a law. That’s treason!

  • Dewayne

    THE liberal Biased Media has turned and twisted lies and deciet in Obamas favor for much to long this is about money spending that we do not have, and if we continue with out spending cuts our dollar is going to be worthless as Obama will print more dollars that will weaken our dollar even more.

  • Jeeves Seveej

    Republicans don’t seem to get it. You don’t get to make demands or set your standard and call it negotiating. The president has told them time and time again to pass clean CR and he is more than willing to negotiate defunding areas of Obama care. I f!cking hate Obama, but if republicans don’t think we remember them standing behind beohner 3 weeks ago while he said “we were gonna take that offer, but we decided to accept nothing less than a full defunding of Obama Care, We’re gonna WIN THIS, we’re gonna fight it out”. They are fools, and yes some other fools out there might not remember all the blowharding because it’s easier to just focus one guy as the problem. If Obama caves on this, anything is on the table after that. Any law republicans decide they don’t like will be up for grabs in order to keep this country operational. That is dangerous. That is why in terrorist situations we DO NOT NEGOTIATE, because we open the flood gates for more of the same. Ask George Bush, he dealt with the same thing. Many of the people in his own party and democrats tried playing this game with him. He didn’t cave either, he got the same BS from the people that it was his fault, just like the current president, and they all looked like fools when it was over. I think Obama as useless as he is learned one hell of a lesson from that.

    You can BUDGET whatever you want. You can NOT demand we repeal laws that the supreme court upheld before you stop driving this country off a cliff. It’s that simple. Anybody who doesn’t see it that way is so embroiled in party politics and has such a horrible short term memory, that we don’t need you in America anyhow. Pass a clean CR, then wait for Obamacare to fall FLAT ON ITS Brian Williams SS. ON ITS OWN. It doesn’t need any help. It’s a horrible program and people are finding that out more and more daily that it’s only true purpose it to make insurance companies richer. It’s down to it’s very core unconstitutional, and the moment a lot of us have to pay fines and a class action lawsuit begins it will be overturned. Let’s not even get into the fact that we don’t have to worry about funding it, because we wont have the information infrastructure to process it for at LEAST another 2 years. The longer it’s out there, the more people will see how bad it is and wake up and demand it’s overturned. Until that happens and the majority of the people side with republicans that it needs to be abolished in favor of a single payer plan and we take the for profit out of healthcare all together, we’re stuck with it. If we refused to allow medical care to be for profit because of all the complexities and the simple fact it seems like a downright sin, we wouldn’t have this problem in the first place.

    • Sandy Nelson

      The only reason Reid, Pelosi, & Obama want to raise the limit is so they can get their raises the 1st of the year. And give money away to foreign countries. They don’t know what negotiate means. Compromise either. It is their way or not at all. A second Hitler and comrades, only this is between the black and the white. Whatever happened to we the people?

    • George D

      You stand Corrected….the single payer option was removed by Republicans because they kept screaming “socialized medicine”….after they got that the hookers pulled up their shorts and walked out.

    • gsud1

      Take the profit out of medicine? Seriously? How does that work when a doctor spends many years and many thousands to be a doctor? Do you want to have surgery performed by a person being paid by the hour? What drives researchers to come up with new drugs? A handshake? That’s got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

  • Will K

    “This is A Update”…really?

  • Kevin

    FDR offered us the New Deal, and we said “yes”, ushering Social Security.
    And they taxed us to pay for it.

    LBJ offered us the Great Society, and we said “yes”, ushering in Medicare & Medicaid.
    And they taxed us to pay for it.

    And now, Obama offers us Change, and we said “yes”, ushering in ACA/Obamacare.
    And they tax us to pay for it.

    After 80 years of this, will we ever learn?!
    Will we ever remember and embrace the Founding principles of this Nation?….’CAUSE THIS SURE AIN’T IT!

  • Doug

    China buys Treasury bills just like Social Security buys Treasury Bills.
    Default on the debt and default on everyone on Social Security, the
    single largest holder of American debt on the planet…period. The idea is to Kill two birds one stone

  • Doug

    Give into threat and the threat goes away until tomorrow…time to man up.