House Speaker John Boehner said President Barack Obama refused to negotiate in a meeting with top congressional leaders about the government shutdown, signaling a lack of progress on resolving the fiscal impasse.
As he exited a meeting today at the White House, Boehner said Obama must recognize that the U.S. has divided government.
“The American people expect their leaders to come together and try to find ways to resolve their differences,” said Boehner, an Ohio Republican.
Obama met with Boehner and the other congressional leaders for more than an hour. The president said earlier that he was “exasperated” with some House Republicans.
“The House could act today to reopen the government and stop the harm this shutdown is causing to the economy and families across the country,” the White House said in a statement after the meeting. “The president remains hopeful that common sense will prevail.”
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