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Published On: Sun, Oct 6th, 2013

President Obama says end shutdown, pass new debt ceiling and he’ll negotiate changes

President Barack Obama says he’s willing to negotiate changes to his signature health care law and to find ways to reduce spending, but stresses he will not bargain until after Congress reopens the government and passes a new debt ceiling.

 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Speaking in an AP interview, Obama says he doesn’t expect Congress to breach the deadline to increase the nation’s borrowing limit.

“I made clear to them this week, there’s only one way out of this reckless and damaging shutdown: pass a budget that funds our government, with no partisan strings attached,” he said in his weekly address.

“The Senate has already done this.  And there are enough Republican and Democratic votes in the House of Representatives willing to do the same, and end this shutdown immediately.  But the far right of the Republican Party won’t let Speaker John Boehner give that bill a yes-or-no vote. Take that vote.  Stop this farce.  End this shutdown now.”

Critics are claiming the President is fearmongering and not addressing any of the spending issues with his language: “Pass a budget. End this government shutdown. Pay our bills. Prevent an economic shutdown.”

“Number one, we should look for some signifiant structural plan to reduce government spending,” Senator Ted Cruz said in response to host Candy Crowley’s question about what he would seek in return for the raising of the debt limit. “Number two, we should avoid new taxes. Number three, we should look for ways to mitigate the harm from ObamaCare.”

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  3. Chas Holman says:

    Golly Gee, I thought they said this was about the Affordable Care Act, to illustrate how bad it would be for the country, now they are willing to negotiate ANY cuts instead.

    The Speaker says he doesn’t have the votes, so he wont ALLOW a vote.. just one angry lost soul, who up until just now allowed 42 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act full well knowing he never had the votes, and a guy who has sent bill after bill to the Senate knowing it doesn’t have the votes.

    I am not a Democrat, but one doesn’t have to be a Democrat to despise with every fiber of their body, what the modern Republican party has become.

    That’s the way I see it, everyone else’s own mileage may vary.

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