Obama Blames Boehner For Ongoing Government Shutdown

. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) John Boehner House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. President Barack Obama laid the blame for the government’s partial shutdown at the feet of Boehner Thursday, escalating a confrontation that is running the risk of a potentially damaging clash over the nation’s borrowing authority. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. arrives for a news conference about the ongoing budget fight, Thursday, Oct.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/06/rand-paul-obama_n_4053787.html

view is that Iran is at least a year away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon, double the six months cited this week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has expressed deep distrust of Tehran’s intentions — calling Houssani “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” “What I’ve said to Prime Minister Netanyahu is that the entire point of us setting up sanctions and putting pressure on the Iranian economy was to bring them to the table in a serious way to see if we can resolve this issue diplomatically,” Obama said. “And we’ve got to test that. We’re not going to take a bad deal. We are going to make sure that we verify any agreement that we might strike.” One more thing … Though much of the interview focused on the sport of politics, it ended on the politics of sport. Asked about the Washington Redskins, a name some people consider to be insulting to Native Americans, the nation’s first black president said he would be open to changing the name if he owned the team.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/05/politics/obama-interview/index.html

Obama Says Boehner Is Bluffing: ‘Hold a Vote’

4, 2013. (Photo: Charles Dharapak, AP) President Obama: I won’t negotiate with GOP until it reopens government SHARE 3385 CONNECT 138 TWEET 462 COMMENTEMAILMORE President Obama insists he will not negotiate major budget issues with congressional Republicans until they vote to reopen the government and to lift the debt ceiling. “There are enough votes in the House of Representatives to make sure that the government reopens today,” Obama told the Associated Press in an interview. The president added: “And I’m pretty willing to bet that there are enough votes in the House of Representatives right now to make sure that the United States doesn’t end up being a deadbeat.” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other Republicans who want to attach a delay to Obama’s health care plan have criticized Obama’s refusal to negotiate as the government shutdown enters its fifth day and a debt crisis looms. “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.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/05/obama-associated-press-interview-government-shutdown/2926989/

Obama’s Asia summit no-show: How it looks from over there

By the time the week was over he had sold more than 10 works, with prices ranging from $1,800 to nearly $3,000. – [/] A performance spectator admires some of the pieces at Basel Art. – [/] Photo A performance piece at Basel Scope, done by an unidentified nearly naked man who moved in slow motion up and down the aisles dressed like a Greek version of Mars, the god of war. – [/] Photo A performance piece at Scope. The man clutched a staff, on which a plastic container for motor oil with the BP logo was impaled.
Source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/131007/obama-asia-summit-cancellation-china-victory

Obama Says No Negotiations Until Debt Ceiling, Funding Settled

Kelly Mumper, an early education worker with three children in the military, was one of 150 workers who had to stop providing care for 770 children enrolled in an early childhood education facility in Alabama, the president said. “I am extremely concerned for the welfare of these children,” Obama quoted Mumper as saying in a letter she wrote him. Obama recounted another story about Julia Pruden, a North Dakota woman who said she wouldn’t get a loan to buy a house under a Department of Agriculture rural development program in the event of a government shutdown. “These are just a few of the many heartbreaking letters I’ve gotten from them in the past couple weeks – including more than 30,000 over the past few days,” he said. “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.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/05/us-usa-fiscal-obama-idUSBRE99403I20131005?feedType=RSS

Obama: Shutdown hurts government operations

Call a vote right now and lets see what happens. Boehner said Sunday that there arent enough votes to end the shutdown without Obama negotiating to delay or otherwise make changes to the new health care reform law, a statement that cut sharply against vote counts done by news organizations and the statements of numerous moderate Republicans who have publicly said they would join with Democrats to reopen the government at current spending levels if Boehner allows a bill to come to the floor. There are not the votes in the House to pass [a clean spending bill], Boehner said. One of the moderate Republicans who favors passing clean funding bill a so-called continuing resolution funding the government without changes to the health care law said moments after Obamas remarks that he agrees there are enough votes. I believe there are the votes to pass a clean [continuing resolution], Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Charlie Dent said on CNN.
Source: http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/07/obama-says-boehner-bluffing-hold-a-vote/

Obama demands quick House vote on shutdown

Boehner to hold a vote. If Republicans and Speaker Boehner are saying there arent enough votes, then they should prove it, Mr. Obama said. Let the bill go to the floor and lets see what happens. Just vote. Some Republican lawmakers dispute the speakers assessment of the likely vote tally, saying there are probably enough bipartisan votes to approve a short-term budget without addressing Obamacare or any other legislation. Mr.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/7/white-house-takes-tough-line-default-threat/

Obama: No negotiations with Republicans for now

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. “Their job has been made more difficult,” Obama told FEMA employees, praising them for performing their duties under “less than optimal situations.” Noting that Tropical Storm Karen dissipated, Obama said, “We dodged a bullet there.” STORY: Shutdown enters second week, no end in sight Obama again called on the Republican-run House to pass a spending plan and raise the debt ceiling with no conditions. Congress must raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling before the government hits it Oct. 17. Otherwise, Obama said, the government will have to default on its debts. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other Republicans want to negotiate provisions to a spending and a debt ceiling bill, including a one-year delay in Obama’s health care plan.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/07/obama-shutdown/2936591/

Obama calls impact of government shutdown ‘heartbreaking’

There were few signs of the stalemate breaking a week into a government shutdown and 10 days from when Treasury Secretary Jacob J. 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 more… losses from last week with the MSCI All-Country World Index (SPA) sliding 0.4 percent to 382.12 at 11:59 p.m.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-07/obama-says-no-negotiations-until-debt-ceiling-funding-settled.html

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