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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Obama Calls In Lawmakers On Political Crisis

Obama Calls In Lawmakers On Political Crisis

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama is inviting all Republican and Democratic lawmakers to the White House for discussions on defusing a dual showdown over the shuttered government and raising the debt ceiling.

Obama will begin the process by meeting minority Democrats in the House of Representatives later on Wednesday, a White House official said.

Republicans in the House and members of both parties in the Senate will be invited in for talks “in the coming days,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

The meetings come as Washington lurches close to an October 17 deadline to raise the U.S. government’s statutory borrowing limit.

Failure to do so could see the United States default on its obligations for the first time in its history and spark what the White House warns will be dire economic consequences which could spread around the globe.

The U.S. government, meanwhile, has been shut for eight days, after Congress failed to agree on a budget to finance operations by an October 1 deadline.

Obama refuses to negotiate with Republicans on budget issues until the debt limit is lifted and the government is reopened.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner refuses to take either steps until Obama offers concessions to his House Republican caucus.

AFP Photo/ Saul Loeb

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  • midway54

    Even if Boehner should agree to some proposal, it likely would result in him coming back asserting that well, his caucus (read: Teabagger lunatics serving the Koch Brothers and fellow plutocrats) would not agree and that Obama must do better (read: continue by negotiating against himself). Boehner must know that this is not even close to the process of bargaining. The problem is that the plutocracy has his testicles in its rightwing vise, and he cannot explain the blatant obstructionism of the said lunatics in his caucus; rather he resorts to inane babble.