Obama would veto bill for new deficit-reduction panel: White House

WASHINGTON Tue Oct 8, 2013 6:27pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama would veto a bill by the House of Representatives that would create a bipartisan panel to make recommendations on reducing the country's deficit and debt limit, the White House said on Tuesday.

The White House said the bill "does nothing to solve the immediate, pressing obligations (that) the Congress has to open the government and pay its bills" and urged the House to vote on a Senate-passed bill that would reopen the government.

The White House also said Obama would veto another House proposal dealing with "excepted" federal workers who are on the job during the shutdown.

Under current law, those employees will not get paid until the government reopens. The House has proposed to pay them now, similar to how active military employees are being paid during the shutdown.

The House has already passed a bill that would retroactively pay employees classified as "non-essential" who have been furloughed during the government shutdown. Obama said on Tuesday he supports that measure, which has not yet been passed by the Senate.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler and Jackie Frank)

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4825 wrote:
Obama will veto the bill because he wishes to spend and spend some more. If the country defaults the blame will be at his door step. He is not looking to solve anything when his position is: it is my way or the highway. A good leader negotiates and a poor leader is afraid he may have to negotiate.

Oct 08, 2013 6:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Speaker2 wrote:
@4825 I guess you have never been a leader or a manager. You don’t negotiate with people who threaten you, especially if your are President.

Oct 08, 2013 7:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:
@Speaker2- You get nothing done without negotiating in life. I suspect you have negotiated many times in life when you felt the other side was threatening you. If not, you have not accomplished much in life. It should not be taken personal by either side and the goal of negotiation is to try to meet somewhere in the middle. It is all about problem solving, not running from an issue. Being a President, manager or any type of executive does not insulate you from having to negotiate. Quite the opposite, to be a good President requires you to be a good negotiator, otherwise you accomplish nothing.

Oct 08, 2013 8:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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