Finally, Washington Sees a Way Out
Obama, House GOP leaders to meet today
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2013 2:07 AM CDT
Updated Oct 10, 2013 7:56 AM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures while speaking outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Signs of hope in DC: Both parties are increasingly pushing for an end to the government shutdown and a debt-ceiling increase, with President Obama set to meet with 18 top House Republicans today, the Hill reports. Those Republicans include Paul Ryan, who's at the forefront of a short-term plan to reopen the government and raise the debt limit for several weeks, and then overhaul Medicare, Social Security, and the tax code, the New York Times reports. Mitch McConnell is quietly gauging support for a similar fix that would hinge on more modest policy moves, such as cutting ObamaCare's medical device tax and giving federal agencies more freedom in implementing the sequestration cuts, Politico reports.

Conservatives are under considerable pressure to cut some kind of deal, the Hill notes—yesterday, a Gallup poll found a 28% approval rating for the GOP, a record low for a party. The Hill, the Times, and Politico note that the fight over ObamaCare itself now seems to be taking a back seat, despite opposition from Tea Partiers:

  • "There is a developing consensus that this is a lot bigger than an ObamaCare discussion," says GOP Rep. Jack Kingston. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch puts it more bluntly: "I’d like to get rid of ObamaCare, no question about that, but I think that effort has failed ... We’re going to have to take it on in other ways."
  • Ryan and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor each published op-eds yesterday in the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, respectively; the Post points out that while the pieces called on Obama to start negotiating, they don't list ObamaCare as part of the equation.
  • "This is where we've been wanting to go all year long," Ryan told Roll Call. "We've always known the debt limit is the way to get a budget agreement." But he insisted that Republicans weren't totally abandoning their ObamaCare efforts. "We're bringing that to the table, too."

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iq145
Oct 10, 2013 9:39 PM CDT
Cutting ObamaCare's medical device tax? Hmm...
ducme
Oct 10, 2013 8:22 PM CDT
What page out of history, do you think the American people will remember most: A forced and unwanted and unwarranted government shutdown by republicans, or a president that refused to be bullied by a far right extremists group who already have a questionable agenda as to why they even exist in the first place, linked to the likes of Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and Ted Cruz etc... I THINK BOTH
blameSinners
Oct 10, 2013 5:51 PM CDT
It takes a man to say I am sorry. Some Republican men and women are cowards and too timorous to face defeat, still trying to make Obama a one term President. Wow! Its amazing how RACISTS partake of their own racial disease. They hate the name Obama so much they refused to know that AFFORDABLECARE is OBAMACARE and is now a LAW of the land. As much as I know how STUPID some Republicans are, they will still keep ObamaCare eating their hearts away from doing what is right for American people, shutting the Government down. If you want to know why President Obama WILL always get what he wants for the betterment of Americans, America and the world, go get and read a book published before President Obama's relection for a second term, titled "BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, - A Messenger for World Peace", you'd know from where Obama's natural and spiritual AUDACITY OF HOPE is making Republicans look like his door mats to effect "CHANGE! YES WE CAN" President Obama's humility is so powerful beyond some antagonistic Republicans' comprehension. Obama is both Muslim and Christian. He is both White and Black figuratively and guess what? the book shows how President Obama is using KKK to create World Peace. Read the book, you'd get an idea of why President Obama is "Forging World Peace, modeling Utopian Politics for the Future" and no body can undo what God has done. GOP, shutting down the Government will backfire in your ugly faces. Watch.