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Obama says talks OK — after default threat averted

Published: Tue, October 8, 2013 @ 3:24 p.m.

Obama says talks OK — after default threat averted

WASHINGTON (AP) - After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints today they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a default in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on reducing deficits and changing the three-year-old health care law. At the White House a few hours later, President Barack Obama said he was “absolutely willing” to hold talks on those terms. “If reasonable Republicans want to talk about any of these things again, I’m ready to head up to the Hill and try,” he added.


1JoeFromHubbard(1476 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago

The Republicans should save their breath, Obama never listens to them, thus the log jam that is Washington.

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2Jerry(710 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago

During the Reagan administration the federal political landscape was just about exactly opposite of the situation we have today. For both of Reagan’s terms there was a Republican President, and Republicans controlled the Senate by a less than 60 seat majority. Meanwhile, Democrats controlled the House by a significant majority.

During that 8 year period, the federal government was shut down no less than 8 times because the Democrats in the House sent spending authorizations to the Republican controlled Senate and White House that contained agenda driven divisive individual spending policies (spending on this...cuts to that, etc.) that they knew would be rejected or garner a veto. Does this sound familiar????

Whether you agree with the ACA or not, it is a huge spending program and has significant effect on the economy and the growing deficit. It is an appropriate consideration in any spending bill. Deciding that we will spend money on this, this, and this (but not on that, that and that) is not only the purview of the House, it is their responsibility. Using the spending authorization hammer to attempt to drive policy modifications has been used by Democrats and Republicans alike and, in the current situation, the House has offered several compromise proposals.

Where are the calls for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow the Senate to vote on everything that the House and Senate CAN agree on, the proposal to fund the government in its entirety except for the one year delay in the ACA?

BTW - While not raising the debt limit will cause painful decisions, there is no "default" unless President Obama chooses deliberately to violate the Constitution and federal law by refusing to use the revenue available to pay the obligations of the debt first.

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