As polls show the approval rating for the Republican Party continuing to plummet, GOP party leaders seriously consider making a deal to end the government shutdown now in day 12. ABC News reports Saturday, Oct. 12 Republicans met with President Obama late Friday evening “with feverish wheeling and dealing to end the government shutdown.” Both sides indicate progress is being made in the efforts to negotiate reopening of the government. The latest polls show the Republicans’ disapproval rating has climbed to 70 percent. Though the president and the speaker of the House spoke late Friday by phone, there has been no deal made yet to reopen the government or increase the government’s ability to borrow.
President Obama optimistically said it is “positive development that House Republicans have agreed on the need to avoid the economic consequences of not meeting our country’s commitments.” ABC News comments, “Republicans now seem ready to increase the country’s borrowing power.” The Republicans’ offer of a six week deal to delay a default was rejected by the White House because “that means we’ll be playing the same game of chicken with the economy right before Thanksgiving and the holiday shopping season.” The latest proposal from Republicans is a four month extension of borrowing power. White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said “The president’s position on refusing to pay ransom in exchange for Congress fulfilling their responsibility to pay the bills of the United States will not change.”
With the stalemate on passing an increase on the debt ceiling blamed on Republicans’ unwillingness to move on, Republicans are “looking for an out ... a deal,” according to an ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Because of the stalemate, ABC News say 400 Americans are cut off from medical studies, like eight-year-old Maddie Major who is not getting the medical treatment that could save her life.
As talks between the White House and Republicans continue on Saturday, there is concern whether there will be a deal for both an increase in the borrowing limit and reopening the government. Republicans are split between conservative and more moderates, as well as between Senate Republicans and House Republicans.