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Obama Urges Boehner To Vote On Raising Debt Cap

Updated: Tuesday, October 8 2013, 01:57 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama has called House Speaker John Boehner to urge a vote that would allow the government to borrow more money.
 
Senate Democrats are planning a vote this week to provide new borrowing, without new spending cuts Republicans want.
 
The White House says Obama urged Boehner to allow a timely vote on the measure, quote, "with no ideological strings attached."
 
Boehner's office says Obama reiterated in the Tuesday morning call that he won't negotiate on the government shutdown or raising the debt limit. The White House says Obama is willing to negotiate, on topics including his health care law, after the threats of government shutdown and default have been removed
 
Obama plans a Tuesday afternoon press conference as the shutdown is in its eighth day.
 
Boehner says no `lines in the sand' on debt limit
 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner says he is willing to negotiate budget issues with President Barack Obama without any conditions.
 
The Ohio Republican told reporters Tuesday, quote, "I'm not drawing any lines in the sand."
 
Boehner spoke as the government's partial shutdown entered the eighth day. An even bigger financial crisis looms next week when the government reaches the limit of its authority to borrow money.
 
Republicans have said they want changes to Obama's signature health care law in exchange for reopening the government. They have said they want spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit.
 
Obama says he won't negotiate over reopening the government or raising the debt limit.
 
Boehner said, quote, "All we're asking for is to sit down and have this conversation."


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Obama Urges Boehner To Vote On Raising Debt Cap


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