There may be a light at the end of the tunnel over the budget stalemate, but President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are still increasing the pressure on each other to blink first over the government shutdown and looming debt limit.
According to Yahoo News on Oct. 9, neither side are showing much signs of giving up ground as the country entered the ninth day of a partial government shutdown. House GOP members have seemingly moved from defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare", to focusing more on an issue that resonates more with it's constituents: deficit reduction.
Obama continues to reiterate that there will be no negotiations on deficit reduction or changes to the Affordable Care Act without first ending the shutdown and extending the debt limit.
But despite the double-down rhetoric from both sides, there were indications on Oct. 8 that both Obama and Boehner were open to a short-term extension of the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit and a temporary re-opening of the government, which would give both sides more time to negotiate their differences.
Speaker Boehner told the media on Oct. 8 that he was not "drawing lines in the sand" and refused to speculate on whether or not he would be open to a short-term debt limit increase and to fund the government.
Obama responded hours later by being open to negotiations on the federal budget if the House pass a temporary spending bill and debt limit increase. That lead to Boehner being a least slightly open to the plan B alternative, but he quickly cautioned against optimism.
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