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Obama Says No Negotiations Until Debt Ceiling, Funding Settled

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 review 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. "I'm happy to talk to Republicans about anything," Obama said during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he took his campaign against the shutdown, which is in its seventh day. Though about 200 FEMA staff members were recalled from furlough some without pay to prepare for Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico, at least 100 of them will have to be refurloughed, Obama said.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/07/obama-shutdown/2936591/

Lew says the U.S. will exhaust measures to avoid breaching the debt ceiling. The administration has warned that breeching the debt ceiling would have catastrophic consequences for the economy that would ripple across the globe. Stocks Decline As the deadlock over funding the government and raising the debt limit drags on, stocks extended losses from last week with the MSCI All-Country World Index (SPA) sliding 0.4 percent to 382.12 at 11:59 p.m. in New York and the Standard & Poors 500 Index declining 0.4 percent.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-07/obama-says-no-negotiations-until-debt-ceiling-funding-settled.html

Fuming about a Wall Street Journal report that cited an unidentified Obama administration official as saying "We are winning," Boehner said, "This isn't some damn game!" Much of the opposition to the administration's efforts has been led by sympathizers of the tea party, who are seeking a reduction in the national debt and the federal budget deficit, as well as a reduction in U.S. government spending and taxes. Asked whether the tea party members are good or bad for the country, Obama told the AP he was more concerned about their tactics than about their positions. "It's this idea that if they don't get 100% of their way, they'll shut down the government or they'll threaten economic chaos," he said. "That has to stop." Obamacare glitches The government shutdown occurred when Obama refused to give in to Republican demands that he delay or change the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of his first term that began enrolling patients on October 1.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/05/politics/obama-interview/index.html

Obama: No negotiations with Republicans for now

government services have been shuttered for a week and the country is 10 days away from running out of borrowing authority. Republicans are insisting on changing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, while Obama refuses to engage in discussions about policy riders as a condition for opening the government or raising the debt limit. Were not going to negotiate under the threat of economic catastrophe, Obama said today during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington . Senate Democrats could introduce legislation as soon as today that gives Obama the authority to raise the debt ceiling unless two-thirds of Congress disapproves, according to a Senate Democratic aide. An initial test vote on the proposal, described by the aide on condition of anonymity, could occur as soon as Oct.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-07/obama-echoes-no-negotiations-stance-as-congress-deadlocks.html

Obama Echoes No-Negotiations Stance as Congress Deadlocks

"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. intelligence agencies predict that Iran is about a year or more from having the capability to make a nuclear bomb; Israel disagrees, saying Iran is closer.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/05/obama-associated-press-interview-government-shutdown/2926989/

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