President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner can't even agree on how to describe their private conversations as the government shutdown enters its second week and a first-ever U.S. default looms.
Obama telephoned Boehner on Tuesday around 10:45 a.m. — and that’s pretty much where the agreement ends.
Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck tersely described the call this way: “The president called the speaker again today to reiterate that he won't negotiate on a government funding bill or debt limit increase." (Buck’s message was helpfully entitled “news ... or what passes for it.”)
Obama has said he’s open to negotiate with Republicans — but only after Congress passes a short-term spending bill that reopens government and passes an increase in the country’s debt limit, both “clean” of any GOP demands. And he’s repeatedly said he won’t negotiate until that work is done.
The White House emphasized the first part of the president’s position.
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