Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
September 19, 2014

Obama Calls Hill Leaders to White House to Talk Debt Limit, Shutdown (Updated)

Updated 3:10 p.m. | President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. plan to meet with the top four congressional leaders in a White House meeting Monday, according to a White House official.

The meeting, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., was indefinitely postponed, while Senate leaders continue haggling over the outlines of a potential deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

Obama has been huddling with various groups of lawmakers as Thursday’s debt limit deadline approaches. The rescheduled meeting would be the second time in the 14-day shutdown that Obama will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Negotiations between Reid and McConnell — viewed by many as the best chance for a deal to avert default and reopen the government. The Senate had been in session Sunday, and Reid and McConnell spoke briefly over the phone.

From a White House official, about the afternoon meeting: “With only a few days until the government runs out of borrowing authority, the President will make clear the need for Congress to act to pay our bills, and reopen the government. The President will also reiterate our principles to the leaders: we will not pay a ransom for Congress reopening the government and raising the debt limit. The President continues to urge Congress to pass a bill that raises the debt ceiling and lends the certainty our businesses and the economy needs.”

  • Buford2k11

    Stand strong PBO…the Winger Jihadis must.not.win…

    • lordhelmet

      PBO? Punk Barry Obozo?

      • Buford2k11

        His gang name…

      • Jesse4

        In a few more years you’ll be learning all about “abbreviations” in school.
        Just hang in there until then.

  • lordhelmet

    There is no default at risk. Stop spreading this lie.

  • Scientist5

    This whole mess is a big farce., None of the players seem to want to let the public in an obvious fact – the income from taxes and other sources is far more than adequate pay the interest on the debt to keep the US out of default.
    How about having 5 unsuccessful lawyers and 1 businessman involved in negotiations on the budget and the debt. Incredible! Boehner is the only one of the 6 with any credible business experience.
    The large majority of juveniles in the Senate and in the House, coupled with a President and Vice President who couldn’t run a one chair barber shop, punctuates the uncontrollable decline of the American Democracy.

  • Neil Forte

    you can’t negotiate with a gun to your head.Open the government first and negotiate away

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...