Republican Speaker Boehner says Obama refused to negotiate in White House meeting

WASHINGTON Wed Oct 2, 2013 8:20pm EDT

1 of 2. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, October 2, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner emerged from White House talks on Wednesday to say that President Barack Obama again refused to negotiate with them to end a government shutdown.

After more than an hour of talks between Obama and congressional leaders, the top Republican in Washington told reporters it was a polite conversation, but essentially made no progress.

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

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dufflbag wrote:
Why negotiate when there already is an agreement? They have a bill that will pass the House, pass the Senate, and be signed by the President. But the Speaker will not bring the bill to a vote. That is not gridlock. That is one guy.

Oct 02, 2013 9:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lemming wrote:
Just one of the many sad days for Americans pertaining to an abusive, overweight and out of control government. Shutting down the government only hurts the working stiffs and never affects the Three Branches of Oligarchy whatsoever. In addition it will end up costing more money in the end for Americans once a compromise is reached. Americans should demand term limits, reduced benefits and salary reductions for each member of the Three Branches of Oligarchy along with “zero” pay while the government is shutdown.

Oct 02, 2013 9:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:
Bohner says it’s Obama who’s refusing to negotiate. Obama refused to give in to his demands so it’s Obama who’s refusing to negotiate. Right. Fortunately, everyone but the Republicans know better.

Bohner and the Republicans are trying to kill our democracy. Their new tact is to threaten to sabotage things that the American people depend on, like healthcare or a strong economy, knowing that Obama has a much harder time ignoring the needs of Americans. That’s why Obama’s President and Bohner is the sex slave of the Tea Party. But Obama’s not going to give in to their extortion demands, so Bohner and his masters are just wasting their time.

The Republicans hate American democracy: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/opinion/friedman-our-democracy-is-at-stake.html?hp&_r=1&

Oct 02, 2013 9:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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