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White House, Republicans Begin to Talk

President Obama met with a group of about 18 leading Republicans late this afternoon at the White House , where the two sides discussed a proposal by House Speaker John Boehner to raise the debt limit until just before Thanksgiving.

I don’t know if you want to call them negotiations – certainly the White House doesn’t – but talks are going to continue into the night. I imagine everyone wants to vote on something Friday and go home for the weekend. That’s how Congress works.

From the White House:

The President had a good meeting with members of the House Republican Leadership this evening; the meeting lasted approximately an hour and a half. The President, along with the Vice President, Treasury Secretary Lew, Denis McDonough and Rob Nabors listened to the Republicans present their proposal. After a discussion about potential paths forward, no specific determination was made. The President looks forward to making continued progress with members on both sides of the aisle.

My expectation is that something will get worked out that allows for wide ranging negotiations on fiscal matters and at least aspects of Obamacare in exchange for raising the debt limit for six weeks or so. Once it’s clear that the White House will talk, I expect Boehner to also move a funding bill that allows the government to reopen.

A portion of conservative lawmakers won’t like it but at least some will support Boehner, and the measures will pass.

And then the negotiations over substantive issues begin next week. Just my hunch.

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9 Responses to White House, Republicans Begin to Talk

  1. I am not crazy about raising the debt ceiling and 6 weeks is long enough for me. Thanksgiving — if they can’t work it out between now and then a pox on both their houses and they can eat sandwiches on the floor.

    I do not support combining this with a CR. Issues of the military can be addressed as they arise and hopefully better than they have with the emergency funding which I view as dereliction of duty on the part of CinC. Interior has already opened parks to the state level — so hopefully people who want to visit can and the business and private enterprise eco system around them can recoup. Everything else is shut down.

    Personally I do not feel sorry for people who are furloughed with back pay and who can also collect unemployment.

    This should be a lesson to us all about our relationship with the state.