Pres. Obama: GOP can't demand a ransom for doing their jobs

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by Associated Press, KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos."

Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and a few hours after calling Boehner.

Obama says he urged Boehner to hold a vote immediately to reopen the government. 

"Let's stop excuses, let's take a vote in the House, let's end this shutdown right now," Obama said. 

If the U.S. defaults, Obama said it would be the first time in 225 years that the country hasn't been able to meet its fiscal responsibilities, and it could send the U.S. into a second recession. 

"People do not get to demand a ransom for doing their job," he said. 

The White House says Obama also urged Boehner to hold a vote that would allow the government to raise the debt ceiling and borrow more money.

Senate Democrats are planning a vote this week to provide new borrowing, without new spending cuts Republicans want.

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