Obama tells Boehner will be open to talks once default threat removed
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner on Tuesday he would be willing to negotiate with Republicans once the U.S. government is re-opened and the threat of a default is lifted, the White House said.
Obama called Boehner on Tuesday morning amid a continued lack of progress over the two issues in Washington.
Obama urged Boehner to allow a "timely up-or-down vote in the House to raise the debt limit with no ideological strings attached," the White House said in a statement.
"He noted that only Congress has the authority to raise the debt limit and failure to do so would have grave consequences for middle-class families and the American economy as a whole," it said.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by David Brunnstrom)
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