So much for #Obama’s Asia trip. Canceled tonight because of the government #shutdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday to try to break a deadlock that has shut down wide swaths of the federal government, but there was no breakthrough.
After more than an hour of talks, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said Obama refused to negotiate, while House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid accused Republicans of trying to hold the president hostage over Obamacare.
#Obama not going to speak at the White House tonight after meeting with congressional leaders.
John Boehner has arrived at the White House for talks with Obama
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chief executives from major financial institutions met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday and warned of “adverse” consequences if government agencies remain closed and if lawmakers failed to raise the U.S. debt ceiling by mid-October.
Congressional Republicans and the White House are in a stalemate over government funding, which has forced the first government shutdown in 17 years.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama scaled back a long-planned trip to Asia on Wednesday and planned a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress that both sides said was unlikely to yield an end to the government shutdown.
Obama plans to meet at the White House at 5:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) with the four top leaders in Congress – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
#Obama received update today on shutdown, including prospect of default with regard to debt ceiling debate, White House says
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday prepared Americans for what he called an “entirely preventable” government shutdown at midnight while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th hour deal to avoid economic harm.
With no apparent movement in negotiations, the White House prepared to put in place a skeleton staff on Tuesday to operate essential functions like the National Security Council. Many staff were preparing for furloughs of uncertain length.
White House says #Obama still plans to go to Asia at the end of this week
WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday
to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them
if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round
of negotiations with the West.
Seeking to ease Israeli concerns about U.S. diplomatic
engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity
with actions, not just words, and vowed to keep all options on
the table, including the possibility of a military response.