Obama says he’s not ‘resigned’ to a shutdown

September 30, 2013
President Barack Obama says he's not "resigned" to a shutdown. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) President Obama says he's not "resigned" to a shutdown. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Obama said Monday that he is not "resigned" to a government shutdown, adding that he will be in touch with congressional leaders before the end of the day.

Obama reiterated that he will not negotiate over the budget or the looming debt ceiling, but said he is "eager" to begin negotiations over a long-term spending plan once the current impasses are resolved.
"The only way we can do that is for everybody to sit down in good faith and without threatening to harm" the public, Obama told reporters after meeting in the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "There can be no meaningful negotiations under a cloud of default."

The president emphasized that the simple solution to the standoff is for House Republicans to pass the Senate-approved budget.

Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.
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