President Obama called a meeting with leaders of both houses of Congress at the White House today, Oct. 2, in order to find some common ground to facilitate re-opening the government. The meeting lasted about 70 minutes but no resolution to the current crisis was accomplished. John Boehner emerged first from the meeting and went to the microphones to assert that Obama and the Democrat Party is "unwilling to negotiate." He reaffirmed his position that Obamacare would have to be part of the negotiations. Following Boehner, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi made statements in which Harry Reid said that the president was "strong, strong, strong."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said his chamber will negotiate with House Republicans on healthcare and other issues as soon as they vote to re-open the government. Harry Reid enumerates things like, veterans, opening the parks and the Sequester but the Speaker according to Reid said "No." Reid asserted that, "Boehner cannot take yes for an answer."
Nancy Pelosi stated that she wish the Speaker would get the House back to "Regular Order." Earlier in the day, the House voted on a bill to re-open the government but the bill failed by a 227-197 vote with all Republicans in opposition, That left the current strategy of the Republican Party's demand to include Obamacare into any and all negotiations.
President Obama will be visiting a construction site on tomorrow in which he will point out how the government shutdown is effecting small businesses. Obama is holding firm on his commitment to not negotiate over paying the nation's debts according to White House Spokesman Jay Carney.
Despite the differences, members of both parties called the meeting with the president valuable. John Boehner said it was "polite." House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), said it was "worthwhile."