Obama Echoes No-negotiations Stance As Congress Deadlocks

“The White House’s refusal to negotiate is putting the nation at risk of default,” said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck. “If we’re going to resolve this, we’re going to have to work together.” Potential consumers should not give up on the new health care exchanges because of initial computer glitches. Government officials “are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times,” Obama said. He is optimistic about new diplomacy with Iran, as the United States seeks a deal in which the Iranians would renounce any attempt to make the means to create nuclear weapons. “We’re not going to take a bad deal,” Obama told the Associated Press. “We are going to make sure that we verify any agreement that we might strike.” U.S.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/05/obama-associated-press-interview-government-shutdown/2926989/

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 4 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Barack Obama Obama: Shutdown hurts government operations David Jackson, USA TODAY 1:39 p.m. EDT October 7, 2013 Obama says FEMA furloughs are an example of the dangers of a government shutdown. President Obama at FEMA. President Obama protests the government shutdown during a visit to FEMA Obama told employees they are working ‘under less than optimal circumstances’ Obama says he’ll negotiate with Republicans after the government is reopened SHARE 6 CONNECT 29 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE President Obama said Monday he is “eager and ready” to negotiate with Republicans on the budget and other issues, but not until the House GOP votes to reopen the government and increase the debt ceiling.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/07/obama-shutdown/2936591/

Obama calls impact of government shutdown ‘heartbreaking’

His cancellation statement on Thursday showed his frustration at another domestic issue getting in the way of his Asia-Pacific aspirations: “This completely avoidable shutdown is setting back our ability to create jobs through promotion of U.S. exports and advance U.S. leadership and interests in the largest emerging region in the world.” Obama’s withdrawal is a gift for Putin and Xi. Putin, who was scheduled to follow Obama on the APEC speaking agenda, has as his conversation theme the evocative “Taking another look at the Asia Pacific: Where are the new opportunities for growth?” Xi is APEC’s final speaker and will deliver a keynote address entitled “China in transition: What can the Asia Pacific expect?” China’s economy may have slowed a little in 2013 and its structural employment, environmental and social issues present big challenges ahead, but it remains very much the regional engine of growth and its Asian neighbors know their prosperity is intimately linked to what happens in China. The U.S., of course, has enormous commercial advantages as a consequence of its recent shale gas energy revolution, but the current political impasse is putting stress on its reputation, and a debt default — however unlikely it may be — would be an enormous setback.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/06/world/asia/apec-obama-xi-putin/index.html

Obama says Iran ‘a year or more away’ from having nuclear weapon

One-month bill rates climbed to as high as 0.162 percent, while rates on three-month bills touched 0.03 percent. Using the federal budget and debt ceiling as leverage in a policy debate is how the founding fathers designed the system, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Bloomberg Radio today. If you had better leadership you could probably avoid it, but the absence of leadership is pretty pathetic, said Gingrich, who was in charge of the House during a 21-day shutdown, the longest in U.S. history. Boehner said on ABC he doesnt intend to let the government default and he has told his members the same thing behind closed doors, even if it involves relying on Democratic votes, according to aides and lawmakers. Default Dangers Treasury Secretary Jacob J.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-07/obama-echoes-no-negotiations-stance-as-congress-deadlocks.html

Rand Paul: Obama ‘Irresponsible’ To Suggest U.S. May Default

He said Democrats must accept changes to Obamacare before Republicans will agree to a budget deal. Providing fairness to the American people, under Obamacare, is all were asking for, he said. Mr. Obama dared Mr. Boehner to hold a vote.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/7/white-house-takes-tough-line-default-threat/

Charles Schumer (D-NY) (R) leave a press conference on the government shutdown October 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Senate Democrats Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (2nd L) speaks at a press conference on the government shutdown October 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Barack Obama President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling during a visit to to M. Luis Construction, which specializes in asphalt manufacturing, concrete paving, and roadway reconstruction, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Rockville, Md.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/06/rand-paul-obama_n_4053787.html

And so far, he’s been saying a lot of the right things. And the question now is, can he follow through? Obama said the U.S. should test whether Rouhani can present a plan that shows Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons, but only peaceful nuclear energy. RELATED: OBAMA ASSURES ISRAEL: MILITARY OPTION ON IRAN STILL ON TABLE KHAMENEI OFFICIAL WEBSITE/EPA Irans Ayatollah Ali Khameni said he approve of President Hassan Rouhanis friendly outreach toward the West, but did not endorse his chat with President Obama. And weve got to test that, he said. We are going to make sure that we verify any agreement that we might strike. He defended sanctions as a way to put pressure on the Iranian economy and bring them to the table in a serious way to see if we can resolve this issue diplomatically. Irans supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Saturday he approved of Rouhanis friendly outreach toward the West but drew the line at endorsing his chat with Obama.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/obama-iran-year-nukes-article-1.1477685

“I know that Republicans in the House of Representatives are hearing the same kinds of stories.” The standoff, which began at the start of the new fiscal year on Tuesday and shuttered all but essential government operations, is the latest in a series of budget standoffs between Obama and congressional Republicans. In the past, Republicans have insisted on spending cuts as the price for budget deals or lifting of the government debt limit. Their current stand is aimed at derailing Obamacare, which will expand insurance to millions without coverage. Republicans clicking here argue that the law is a massive government intrusion into private medicine that will cause insurance premiums to skyrocket. Obama and his fellow Democrats vow that they will make no such concessions in exchange for an agreement to reopen the government. A meeting between Obama and congressional leaders from both parties on Wednesday saw neither side budge.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/05/us-usa-fiscal-obama-idUSBRE99403I20131005?feedType=RSS


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