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Posted at 11:28 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2013
Updated 11:43 a.m. | President Barack Obama called Speaker John A. Boehner Tuesday morning and reiterated his refusal to negotiate on the fiscal impasse that has shut down the government and threatens a debt default.
“The president called the speaker again today to reiterate that he won’t negotiate on a government funding bill or debt limit increase,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement to reporters.
Obama has repeatedly said he won’t negotiate until the Ohio Republican agrees to hold a vote on a “clean” bill reopening the government. Boehner has refused to do so.
The White House released a readout of its own saying Obama reiterated what he told the speaker last week in person at the White House.
“The President is willing to negotiate with Republicans — after the threat of government shutdown and default have been removed – over policies that Republicans think would strengthen the country. The President also repeated his willingness to negotiate on priorities that he has identified including policies that expand economic opportunity, support private sector job creation, enhance the competitiveness of American businesses, strengthen the Affordable Care Act and continue to reduce the nation’s deficit.”
Obama again urged Boehner to hold a vote to reopen the government and allow a timely vote on a clean increase in the debt limit.
“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,” the White House said in the statement.