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White House: No Deal on Shutdown, Debt Limit

White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures during his daily news briefing where he spoke about the budget and partial government shutdown, at the White House in Washington, Oct. 11, 2013.
White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures during his daily news briefing where he spoke about the budget and partial government shutdown, at the White House in Washington, Oct. 11, 2013.
The White House says there is still no agreement with Republicans in Congress on a possible solution to end the partial U.S. government shutdown and avert a government debt default.

Obama met with Senate Republicans, and late Friday he called Republican House Speaker John Boehner to discuss where negotiations stand.  

White House press secretary Jay Carney, and Boehner's office, said they agreed only that "all sides need to keep talking."

Saying no agreement is at hand, Carney said the "constructive approach" Republicans had taken in recent talks indicated they understand the need to remove the threat of default from the process.

"The president's position that the United States, should not, and the American people cannot, pay a ransom in exchange for Congress doing its job remains as true today as it has been throughout this period," he said.

Earlier, Susan Collins, Republican senator from Maine, said talks with the president were "good but inconclusive," and Republicans raised concerns about the need to deal with the nation's $16.7-trillion debt.

"At least he is talking to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. He may not want to call it a negotiation. That is what I would call it, and I do view that as progress," she said.

Congressman Xavier Becerra, a key House Democratic leader, said he hopes pressure on Republicans will bring a clean vote in the House of Representatives to reopen the government.

"Perhaps through the sheer force of the American people talking to Republicans and Republican leadership that have resisted a clean vote on the House floor," said Becerra.

Reports quoting lawmakers and aides said Republicans offered a short-term, six-week debt limit increase, to be followed by negotiations to fund the government.

That would be problematic for Obama, who has insisted that the federal government be completely reopened without ideological demands attached.

A package also could include steps to ease the sequester, mandatory budget cuts, which Republicans and Obama have said are harming the economy.

Carney said Obama has always been eager to engage in wider deficit reduction talks, but the need now is to resolve the government shutdown and default threat.

"Then we can move on to broader negotiations over how we achieve our budget priorities," said Carney.

On Capitol Hill, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Republicans hope the White House will continue to evaluate the offer they made, adding they remain hopeful that there is intent to resolve the impasse.

Efforts by House Republicans to defund President Obama's new health care law led to the partial government shutdown, which if it is not resolved will be two weeks old this Monday.

The ideological battle played out elsewhere in Washington as conservative Republicans addressed the Value Voters Summit.

One of them was former 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee.

"We need to completely re-think government's role in our lives. We need to completely rethink government's role in helping the most vulnerable. We need to completely rethink government's role in health care. That means we can never give up on repealing and replacing Obamacare," said Ryan.

Asked about next steps, the White House spokesman would only repeat that Obama believes all sides need to continue talking to reach "an agreement of some kind" to reopen the government and remove the threat of default.

Watch related video story by VOA's Carla Babb

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by: corey1618 from: alabam
October 13, 2013 10:26 PM
take all the money that would of went to the parks and put it to the debt that we owe. even the people who got laid off from the government shut down take that pay put it to the date we owe as well

by: travis from: chicago,il
October 13, 2013 12:06 PM
The presadeny should sgin that paper because the congressman has yhe upper hand.but if they take out the goverment there will be to many robberies,muders,and a whole lot of problems they making money we need our benafitis.thats how we make a living

by: chas holman from: USA
October 12, 2013 3:28 PM
This nonsense is totally stressing a people and an economy that was FINALLY beginning to climb out of the very hole they are getting pushed back into..

No one deserves this manufactured debacle.. the only one's who actually 'deserve' anything are the Republicans that are possibly going to get ran out on a rail by angry mobs soon if they keep up the charades.

by: Macdonald Bank
October 12, 2013 10:49 AM
The Republican Party; has self-destructed -- on the grounds of homophobia & religious corruption! Republican party; religious extremists -- are willing to destroy the United States of America and its people -- at any cost and push the whole country over the cliff in the name of bogus hocus pocus religion! www.BogusHocusPocus.com

Being black, left-handed or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated! If it’s between two guys or two girls -- all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

The proud gay community played a pivotal role in the re-election of President Obama exposing the hate based cultism of the religious extremists in the Republican Party who should face taxation and or/closure! Enough with the corruption from the lunatic fringe; who have gotten away with kids committing suicide -- driven by ignorant family members manipulated by the insane clergy. Religion has no place in today’s society of thinkers and intellectuals … who can see though the lies!
President Obama should be praised for standing up for human rights … by supporting the gay community! To see the religious lunatics try to manipulate government and our lives -- is shameful.
Someone left the door of the asylum ajar -- the religious extremists are loose & they are all in the Republican Party!
Religion; is the biggest bully on the block!

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