President Obama, Lawmakers Meet on Shutdown Standoff
On the second day of the government shutdown, Congress and the White House drew no closer to resolving the impasse, although President Obama and key congressional leaders held their first meeting to discuss the budget crisis Wednesday afternoon.
Obama met with top four congressional leaders at the White House for a meeting, where leaders reiterated their positions after the meeting: Democrats continue to seek a stopgap funding bill and a debt ceiling increase with no conditions attached, while Republicans continue to mount an effort to seek concessions on the health care law.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Republicans “keep moving the goal post” for reaching a deal, while House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Democrats “will not negotiate.” While they called the meeting cordial, earlier in the day Obama said he is “exasperated” by the shutdown and blamed Republicans for trying to “extort” a delay or defund of the health care law.
“Absolutely, I’m exasperated, because this is entirely unnecessary,” Obama told CNBC in an interview.