WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days. This, as pressure builds on both sides to resolve a deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown.
With that shutdown in its ninth day -- and a potential federal default just days away -- neither side is showing signs of yielding today. But there are indications that both sides might be open to a short-term extension of the debt limit and a temporary end to the shutdown, giving them more time to resolve their disputes.
Obama will huddle later today with House Democrats, as both parties look for a way forward.
Republicans are still demanding talks on deficit reduction and Obama's health care law as the price for boosting the government's borrowing authority and returning civil servants to work.
Obama insists that Congress must first end the shutdown and extend the debt limit before he will negotiate.
Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) told reporters that he's not drawing any "lines in the sand." Hours later, Obama told a news conference that he would "absolutely" negotiate with Republicans on "every item in the budget" if Congress first sent him short-term measures halting the shutdown and extending the debt limit.
157-c-18-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP correspondent)-"the debt limit"-AP correspondent Sagar Meghani reports House Democrats are heading to the White House today. (9 Oct 2013)
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022-w-35-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP correspondent, with President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner)--Day eight of the shutdown offered more heated rhetoric but also some signs of compromise. AP correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. (9 Oct 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: John Boehner, as US Representative of Ohio and House Speaker, speaks during a news conference on the ongoing budget battle, Capitol Hill, Washington DC, graphic element on gray (9 Oct 2013)
GRAPHICSBANK: Barack Obama, as US President, gestures during news conference about the budget and partial government shutdown, White House Press Room, Washington, DC, over presidential seal, partial graphic (8 Oct 2013)
APPHOTO DCSA101: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. President Barack Obama is pressuring Boehner to hold votes to avoid a potentially catastrophic default and re-open the federal government, as a new poll indicated Republicans could pay a political price for Washington's fiscal paralysis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (9 Oct 2013)
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APPHOTO DCPM105: President Barack Obama speaks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (8 Oct 2013)
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