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Monday, October 24, 2016

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was “exasperated” by a government shutdown but would not negotiate with Republicans until they agree to fund federal operations with no conditions.

“Absolutely I am exasperated, because this is entirely unnecessary,” Obama said in an interview with CNBC.

Obama said the crisis could be solved quickly if House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner called a vote on a bill to fund the government, stripped of provisions designed to gut his health care bill which caused previous funding measures to die in the Senate.

He also called on Congress to vote to raise the US debt ceiling before the middle of the month, when the US government will run out of money to pay its bills in a scenario that could trigger a debt default.

“If and when … that vote takes place and the government reopens, and if and when they vote to make sure Congress pays our bills on time so America does not default on costs it’s already accrued, then I am prepared to have a reasonable, civil negotiation around a whole slew of issues,” Obama said.

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  • charleo1

    Have you heard about the accounts payable clerk that walked into the bosses
    office the other morning, and handed him a list of demands that must be carried
    out, before any checks are issued for payroll, vendors, maintenance on company
    vehicles, everything. Even keeping the doors open. Except for myself, the clerk
    went on to say. I’ll continue to be paid, no matter how long it takes you to come
    around to my way of doing things. Now, I’m going to be right over there. If you
    want to negotiate. I’m willing to listen to counter offers. But, I’ll tell you going in,
    if you want to keep your business up and running, or shut it down, it really is up
    to you!

  • eps62

    All that they want to do is cut healthcare for 20 million people. That’s not to bad is it?

    • Sand_Cat

      Let them get away with that, and there will be no end to the extortionate demands.