WASHINGTON (October 12, 2013)—U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told fellow Republican lawmakers Saturday that talks with President Barack Obama about ending the partial government shutdown and preventing a federal default have stalled
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said that the speaker told House Republicans at the Capitol Saturday morning that the president isn't negotiating with them adding, "The Senate needs to hold tough."
The closed-door Republican session in a basement meeting room came as the shutdown entered its 12th day.
Saturday also marks just five days from the date administration officials warn the government will deplete its ability to borrow money and risk a first-time federal default that could jolt the world economy.
Across the Capitol, senators planned to vote Saturday on a Democratic measure to raise the government's borrowing cap through the end of next year, but Republicans are expected to reject it.
At the same time, a bipartisan group of senators, closely watched by Senate leaders, was polishing a plan aimed at reaching a compromise with that includes the president.