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article imageObama rejects Boehner's stop-gap debt plan

By William M. Schmalfeldt     Oct 10, 2013 in Politics
Washington - The New York Times has just reported that President Barack Obama has said "thanks, but no thanks" to Speaker John Boehner's offer of a temporary increase in the debt limit without opening the government.
President Obama apparently said he is not interested in a deal that leaves the government closed.
According to the Times report, 20 Republicans, led by Speaker John A. Boehner, went to the White House at Mr. Obama’s invitation after a day of tweaking their offer to increase the Treasury Department’s authority to borrow money to pay existing obligations through Nov. 22. In exchange, they sought the president’s commitment to negotiate a deal for long-term deficit reduction and a tax overhaul.
Mr. Boehner and his colleagues left after about an hour and a half without speaking to waiting reporters.
Despite Obama's refusal to give in to the demands of Republicans, observers indicate that this may be the first break in the GOP resolve to exact punishment from the president in return for opening the government and paying the nation's debts.
Earlier today, the Tea Party faction of the Republican party gave Boehner the go ahead to make the offer to President Obama, according to Talking Points Memo.
Arch-conservative lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-OH) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) quickly backed the plan. Outside groups like Heritage Action and activist Erick Erickson of RedState said they wouldn't go after Republicans who voted for it. These conservatives have been calling the shots for the GOP during these crises.
"My understanding is that this is being driven by House conservatives who are quite reasonably saying listen, let's focus on Obamacare, on winning the fight on Obamacare, on helping remedy the enormous harms Obamacare is inflicting on millions of Americans, and let's push the debt ceiling a little further down the road so that it doesn't distract us from the fight we're right in the middle of now," Cruz said on KYFO radio.
According to the NYT, after arriving back at the Capitol, the House Republicans huddled in Mr. Boehner’s office for further discussion.
“We had a very useful meeting, and we expect further conversations tonight,” said Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the majority leader.
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