AirTalk for October 8, 2013

President Obama puts pressure on House to end shutdown and avert default

Few voters want a rerun Congress

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The US Capitol is seen at sunrise in Washington, DC, October 8, 2013 on the eighth day of the government shutdown.

President Obama held a news conference this morning, urging House members to pass a spending bill to end the shutdown and avert a default on the government's debts. Obama outlined the risks of a default while blaming extreme Republicans' "obsession" with dismantling the Affordable Care Act for the shutdown. 

As the government shutdown enters its second week and as the country faces a possible debt default, President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner to reiterate that he won’t negotiate on either issue.

On Sunday, Boehner claimed that there are not enough votes in the House of Representative to pass a clean continuing resolution to fund the government--minus a provision to delay or defund Obamacare. But some observers say there are enough GOPs willing to support an unconditional government funding bill.

Senate Democrats could introduce a bill today that would temporarily raise the nation’s debt limit with no strings attached, which Boehner already said he’d reject.


Kitty Felde, KPCC Washington Correspondent

David Mark, Editor-in-Chief, Politix; former Senior Editor, Politico

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