Obama, Pelosi Talk Debt Limit and Shutdown in Call
Posted at 3:38 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2013
President Barack Obama spoke to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a phone call Sunday, days before a potential default deadline and as the House remained out of session.
The White House released a readout of the call between the two leaders, which indicated that both would be willing to negotiate a longer-term budget deal after the shutdown was ended and the debt ceiling raised:
This afternoon the President spoke with Leader Pelosi over the phone. The President and Leader Pelosi discussed the way forward on the pressing fiscal matters facing Congress today. They reinforced that there must be a clean debt limit increase that allows us to pay the bills we have incurred and avoid default, and that the House needs to pass the clean continuing resolution to open up the government and end the shutdown that is hurting middle class families and businesses across the country. The President and the Leader also discussed their willingness, once the debt limit is raised and the government reopened, to negotiate on a longer term budget solution that will grow our economy and create jobs. The President also thanked Leader Pelosi for her efforts to move forward with a clean CR and a one-year clean debt limit increase that would prevent a first-ever default of our nation’s credit.
At this point, if Senate Republicans and Democrats were to strike a deal to reopen the government, Pelosi likely would have to deliver nearly her entire caucus to send that legislation to the president’s desk, given House GOP discontent with the idea of continuing to fund the Democrats’ health care law, among other things.