No Budget Resolution at Hand, But Some See Mixing FY 2014 Funding With Debt Limit Hike
No budget resolution after White House meeting between Obama, lawmakers. The late-afternoon session Wednesday between President Obama and House and Senate leaders at the White House was labeled "cordial but unproductive" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) saying Obama again signaled he would not negotiate. Republicans, meanwhile, continued to insist on changes to ObamaCare to which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said was an area where Democrats and the White House are "locked in tight." Reid said he told Boehner that the Senate would go to conference with the House, but on a broad budget agreement, not a short-term continuing resolution. Reid said the budget conference would be the appropriate place to address a range of fiscal issues including a tax overhaul, agriculture, health care and discretionary spending. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel immediately rejected Reid's proposal. “The entire government is shut down right now because Washington Democrats refuse to even talk about fairness for all Americans under ObamaCare. Offering to negotiate only after Democrats get everything they want is not much of an offer,” Steel said.The session largely leaves things at a standstill in terms of getting the government reopened with neither side appearing to be willing to give.