Obama willing to negotiate, but only after congress ends shutdown
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US president Barack Obama will look at a proposal by congressional Republicans to extend the debt ceiling for six weeks but insists that lawmakers end the 10-day government shutdown as well, a White House official said on Thursday.
The White House did not reject outright, but reacted cautiously, to a plan that House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner presented to fellow House Republicans ahead of a meeting they were to hold with Mr Obama on Thursday.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted that Mr Obama would not agree to negotiations over the debt limit, a primary goal of conservative House Republicans.
"While we are willing to look at any proposal Congress puts forward to end these manufactured crises, we will not allow a faction of the Republicans in the House to hold the economy hostage to its extraneous and extreme political demands," the official said.