Democrats say Obama rejected Republican arguments on government shutdown in meeting

WASHINGTON Wed Oct 2, 2013 7:22pm EDT

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C) hitches up his belt during a news conference with Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C) hitches up his belt during a news conference with Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 2, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama rejected Republican entreaties to negotiate over his healthcare law on Wednesday as a condition for their agreement to approve legislation that would end a government shutdown, Democratic leaders said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid emerged from more than an hour of talks with Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top U.S. Republican and other congressional leaders to say Obama told Republicans "he will not stand" for their tactics.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Obama will not invoke a clause in the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution as a way to lift the U.S. debt ceiling on his own. The United States will run out of cash to pay its bills by October 17 if the debt ceiling is not raised.

"He's not going to" invoke the 14th amendment, she told reporters.

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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Comments (10)
OrangeLaLa wrote:
Failed to negotiate means didn’t give in to asstaint Boehner’s demands. Someone doesn’t know the meaning of words or just by nature cannot EVER be honest about what occurs – he Boehner, you are NOT a patriot. You should NOT be in office. YOU are responsible for this mess. Stop trying to legislate by throwing a temper tantrum. The ACA is here and will NOT be delayed. It’s the law of the land. Women’s rights will NOT be infringed. Time to move on … and get defeated in your next election. Good riddance.

Oct 02, 2013 8:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:
It’s so funny! Obama and the democrats refuse to negotiate anything versus the republicans that simply want to negotiate Obamacare. Let’s remember that this all started because Obama dumped this on America when he had control of both houses. 34 democratic senators voted with every single republican against the implementation of obamacare. The only aisle crossing so far has been AGAINST obamacare. You obama supporters are deluded and drunk on yellow journalism if you really and truly believe the majority are behind obamacare.

Oct 02, 2013 9:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mgear2 wrote:
@stambo2001: First, it was Democratic Representatives that crossed the aisle, not Senators.

Second, nothing is stopping the Republicans from repealing Obamacare except the simple fact that they don’t have nearly enough votes to do so. That’s how laws are made in this country, no? By being passed by both houses of Congress? Or did I miss something?

Also, how did both houses of Congress come to be controlled by the Democrats? Magic?

I mean, really, you think that members of Congress should just refuse to do their jobs if they don’t like a law that was passed three years ago? Remember that if the Republicans ever have control again.

Oct 02, 2013 9:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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