October 8th, 2013
01:02 PM ET

Obama calls Boehner; stalemate goes on

There were news conferences and a high-level phone call between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, but no immediate sign of progress on reopening the government a week into a partial shutdown or reaching a deal to avoid the first-ever U.S. default next week.

Obama called Boehner on Tuesday morning, and the White House then announced the president would make a statement and take some questions from reporters at 2 p.m. ET.

Earlier, Boehner demanded that Obama and Democrats negotiate with Republicans on steps needed to end the shutdown that began on October 1 and raise the nation's debt ceiling before the deadline for default on October 17.

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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. saywhat

    lassitude of the Progressive in our Congress, Americans' ignorance of the real agenda of Tp, neocons and religious right must be blamed too for where we stand today.

    October 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    With approval rating of GOP at 24% and TP at 21% this is the moment for thinking Americans to stand up to their shenanigans. Reject this mindset come elections.

    October 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Weary Of It All

    What the GOP is doing is nothing less than economic terrorism. The effect on our 401’s, the cost to small businesses that depend on National Parks, and the furloughed government worker that doesn’t get to strut in front of the news media. The GOP should be held legally accountable their actions. How about a check from Boehner and Cruz to the American people to offset the effect this has had on the economy? After all they still draw a salary that is not dependant on job performance.

    October 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    I just watched Don Lemon with a man from Faux News who said, " I just spoke with a businessman in restaurant who has to cut his workers because of Obamacare". Think about that, most restaurant owners do not give their people 40 hours, and most restaurant owners do not pay minimum wage to waitresses. They pay half of minimum wage and the workers live on tips. What a bunch of bunk, from out of touch channel, out of touch with American workers. Most gas station attendants and other service workers do not ever get full time. Hello to working 2 jobs republican dolts.

    October 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This country cannot sustain itself with "service" industry jobs. Do away with the laws that make it more profitable for companies to outsource our jobs. Once the middle class starts earning money again there will be more revenue in circulation within our nation. That in turn will lead to higher tax revenues being taken in by our government and more ability to pay down our debt.
      We must bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

      October 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
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