The move is unprecedented in recent presidential history, if for nothing else, the blatant tone of the warning.
A “spokesman” for the Speaker Boehner said, "The president called the speaker this evening to tell him he wouldn't negotiate with him on the debt limit. Given the long history of using debt limit increases to achieve bipartisan deficit reduction and economic reforms, the speaker was disappointed, but told the president that the two chambers of Congress will chart the path ahead. It was a brief call."
With a call like that, what could make the conversation a lengthy one?
Meanwhile, the president also phoned a delighted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to the White House. Pelosi is the mastermind behind the midnight vote to approve Obamacare back in 2010.
An “administration official” said, "The president telephoned Speaker Boehner and told him again that the full faith and credit of the United States should not and will not be subject to negotiation. The president reiterated that it is the constitutional responsibility of the U.S. Congress to pass the nation's budget and pay the nation’s bills."
All this was happening as the House passed a vote to temporarily finance the federal government while defunding Obamacare 230-189 vote setting up a Senate and the White House to shoot it down.
Surprisingly, House Republicans told the media they are fully prepared to present legislation to raise the government's $16.7 trillion debt limit.
Many in Washington theorize the Republicans are attempting to get the House and Senate Democrats on record with final votes that will seal them into a corner next year when midterm elections are held and Obamacare has had 10 months of solid activity within the public domain.
Adding to his previous statement of zero negotiations, Obama wants Congress to send him up legislation extending the debt limit and he will not negotiate that matter either.
The president obviously feels confident that his victory in last November’s elections supersedes the embarrassments of Benghazi, the IRS scandal, ‘Fast and Furious,’ Syria, spying on news reporters, Russia, etc.
The U.S. government’s borrowing authority will be zero by the end of October. It would ignite the first federal default in the history of the United States. That obviously would be catastrophic to the country.
It is likely the White House is putting a strategy together to blame the Republicans.
The big question is who the American public will believe? Republican leaders are on record as saying they do not want a default noting that past presidents, including Obama in 2011, have negotiated before on extension of the debt limit.
Could a badly weakened president be doing this out of desperation to rally his troops?
Majority Leader Boehner openly questioned Obama's willingness to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the chemical weapons issue in Syria but not with Republicans. "Why is the Obama administration willing to negotiate with Putin on Syria, but not with Congress to address Washington's spending problem?"
The political fight ahead will be ultra-partisan and ugly.
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