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Day 2 Of Government Shutdown; No End In Sight

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The political stare-down in Washington shows no signs of easing, leaving much of the federal government closed, with lawmakers from both parties ominously suggesting that the partial shutdown might last for weeks. The political stare-down in Washington shows no signs of easing, leaving much of the federal government closed, with lawmakers from both parties ominously suggesting that the partial shutdown might last for weeks.
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Pelosi: GOP keeps moving goal posts on budget deal

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says House Republicans keep "moving the goal post" on a budget deal.

The California Democrat said Wednesday that Republican House Speaker John Boehner needs to allow a vote on a Senate passed bill and the government will reopen.

President Barack Obama called congressional leaders of both parties to the White House to discuss the partial government shutdown now in its second day.

House Republicans are demanding changes to Obama's health care law in exchange for reopening the government. Obama has refused. He insists that the House follow the Senate and pass a government funding bill that's free of other demands.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, says House Republicans are too focused on the health care law.

Boehner says Obama still won't negotiate

House Speaker John Boehner has emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama to say the president is still refusing to negotiate.

Obama and congressional leaders met at the White House on the second day of a partial government shutdown. Boehner says it was a nice conversation but suggested little progress was made. He says he wants Obama and Democrats to sit down for a serious discussion about funding the government.

Boehner says House Republicans have sent four proposals for funding the government to the Senate, but they've all been rejected. He says the Senate should appoint conferees to work out differences between a House and Senate proposals.

Obama and Senate Democrats have rejected the House-passed proposals because they all make major changes to Obama's health care law.

Obama: 'I'm exasperated' over government shutdown

So how does President Barack Obama feel about the 2-day-old government shutdown?

He says, quote: 'I'm exasperated, because this is entirely unnecessary."

Interviewed Wednesday by CNBC, Obama was asked about the exasperation in his voice lately and whether he thinks his Republican opponents are craven, stupid or nuts.

He responds by saying he has "bent over backwards" to work with Republicans. He says he has tried to keep his rhetoric cool, noting his reputation for calm.

Then Obama says: "Absolutely I'm exasperated. Because this is entirely unnecessary."

Nonessential government operations shut down early Tuesday after Congress missed a deadline to fund the government. Republicans want Obama to delay a major piece of his new health care law in order to reopen the government. Obama has refused the offer.

Obama restates opposition to deals on debt ceiling

President Barack Obama says he will negotiate with congressional Republicans only after they agree to reopen the federal government and after they increase the nation's borrowing authority, which is set to hit its limit in mid-October.

Obama says engaging in deal-making now would leave him and other presidents vulnerable to what he calls extortion by opposition parties.

Obama made his remarks Wednesday in an interview with CNBC.

He blamed the current impasse on, quote, "one faction of one party in one chamber."

He said he would be willing to negotiate long-term budget issues, including savings in big spending programs like Medicare and Social Security, but said he would also want to eliminate tax loopholes to generate revenue to pay for some of his education and infrastructure priorities.

Obama to meet with lawmakers on shutdown Wednesday


A White House official says President Barack Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday for a meeting on the government shutdown.

The official says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been invited to the meeting. The official says Obama will urge the House to pass a spending bill to allow the government to reopen.

The government shut down when Congress failed to pass a spending bill ahead of a midnight deadline.

The official insisted on anonymity because the person was not authorized to publicly discuss the meeting before it was announced.

Gov't shutdown: No progress on ending stalemate


The political stare-down in Washington shows no signs of easing, leaving much of the federal government closed, with lawmakers from both parties ominously suggesting that the partial shutdown might last for weeks.

The shutdown was sparked by a fight over Republican attempts to kill or delay the new health care law, stalling what usually is a routine spending bill. Republicans pivoted to a strategy to try to open the government piecemeal, funding politically popular programs like the national parks.

Iconic parks like Yellowstone and Alcatraz Island were shuttered, government websites went dark and hundreds of thousands of nonessential workers reported for a half-day to fill out time cards, hand in their government cellphones and laptops and change voice mail messages to gird for a deepening shutdown.

Outside US, ripple effects of budget battle feared

European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that the U.S. government shutdown could pose a risk for the U.S. and global economic recoveries if it is dragged out.

Draghi said Wednesday the shutdown "is a risk if protracted," but the "the impression is that it won't be."

Asked if he thought the U.S. could default on some of its debt obligations in coming weeks, he said, "I don't."

Congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama are at loggerheads over raising the legal debt ceiling.

Earlier, top French government officials also expressed worries about the impact of the shutdown on Europe's fragile recovery.

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