No Deal in DC Yet, But They're Still Talking
Republicans, White House edge closer to agreement
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 10, 2013 7:18 PM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner leaves the Capitol for the White House Thursday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – President Obama and congressional Republicans groped today for a compromise to avert an unprecedented US default and end the 10-day-old government shutdown. "We expect further conversations tonight," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said cryptically at nightfall, after he, Speaker John Boehner and a delegation of other Republicans met for more than an hour with Obama at the White House. The White House issued a statement describing the session as a good one, but adding, "no specific determination was made." Yet it seemed the endgame was at hand in the crises that have bedeviled the divided government for weeks. Both sides expressed fresh hopes for a resolution soon.

  • Washington Post: "House Republican leaders initially offered a six-week increase in the federal debt ceiling in exchange for negotiations with President Obama on longer-term 'pressing problems,' but they stopped short of agreeing to end a government shutdown now in its 10th day."
  • New York Times: "An initial report that Mr. Obama had rejected the Republicans’ offer was too definitive and came before Republican leaders or the White House had made it clear to reporters that the negotiations would continue."
  • Politico: "House Republicans told Obama at the White House that they could reopen the federal government by early next week if the president and Senate Democrats agree to their debt-ceiling proposal. A GOP aide said they would seek some additional concessions if they advance a government funding bill next week."
  • Even the hint of progress sent stocks soaring today.

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Econ_101
Oct 11, 2013 2:48 PM CDT
Three times in four days the House voted to fund EVERY dpt., agency and program of the government, except obama care. And the DEMOCRATS in the SENATE shit canned every one of those bills. Then, who is truly shutting down the government ??
kumatose
Oct 11, 2013 5:35 AM CDT
http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/A_Politics/_Today_Stories_Teases/Oct_poll.pdf The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is just an endless horror show for Republicans. Obama's approval is up; Republican Party approval is down; confidence in the economic recovery has plummeted thanks to the budget standoff; and voters blame Republicans for the government shutdown by a margin of 53-31. Virtually everyone who's not a hardcore dittohead blames the GOP. What's more, 73 percent of the public thinks the shutdown is a serious problem and 31 percent have been personally affected.
NoFun
Oct 11, 2013 4:24 AM CDT
The GOP are talking....sweating....shaking... and crumbling. Even the Fox polls blame first Cruz, tea baggers, then the GOP, and then the president in that order. After the stiff kick in the balls Gingrich got from the American people for the 90's shutdown they still think they are on a winner.