No signs of hope in shutdown impasse
Obama reiterated that he was willing to negotiate with Republicans, but said, “We can’t do it with a gun held to the head of the American people.”
Democrats in the House were considering whether they could use a maneuver that would force a vote on legislation to reopen the government immediately, according to a House aide who asked not to be identified.The aide did not provide details. The rarely used and time-consuming “discharge petition” maneuver normally dislodges a bill from a committee and sends it to the House floor if 218 lawmakers sign the petition in the 435-member chamber.White House spokesman Jay Carney said it was “utterly false” to suggest Obama did not want a speedy end to the shutdown. “We want this to end now. Period,” he said.In light of the stalemate, Obama has canceled plans for a visit to a number of Asian countries next week.
The possibility of the United States defaulting on its financial obligations if there is no agreement to raise the debt ceiling has rattled financial markets around the world amid fears it could derail the fragile economic recovery.
House Republicans on Thursday lined up 11 bills to fund targeted programs. They were: nutrition programs for low-income women and their children; a program to secure nuclear weapons and non-proliferation; food and drug safety; intelligence gathering; border patrols; American Indian and Alaska Native health and education programs; weather monitoring; Head Start school programs for the poor and other aid for schools that rely heavily on federal assistance.
The bills were likely to be debated by the full House in the coming days, though not all at once. The Democratic-controlled Senate says it will reject the measures and Obama has said he would veto them.
The government shutdown and impending debt deadline in the United States kept the dollar near an eight-month low despite signs of a recovery on Friday.
AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson, addressing a possible default, said in a statement, “It would be the height of irresponsibility for any public official to consider such a course. In fact, even the discussion of default poses great risk to our economy and to our country.”
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