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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) meets with Senate Democratic leadership, (L-R) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to discuss the government shutdown and the nation's debt ceiling in the Oval Office of the White House October 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.
The weekend came and went with no agreement to reopen the government or to raise the debt ceiling by Thursday’s deadline. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says a deal to end the two-week shutdown and to continue government borrowing is close. House Speaker John Boehner is slated to meet with top House GOP leaders later today to discuss their options and consider crafting their own bill to raise the debt ceiling.
Meanwhile, President Obama says, “There’s some progress on the Senate side.” But there is no certainty that lawmakers can broker a deal before the U.S. runs out of money to pay its debt obligations and a new point of contention has emerged – sequestration.
The AP reports that “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans want to continue current spending at $986.7 billion and leave untouched the new round of cuts in January, commonly known as sequester, that would reduce the amount to $967 billion,” while “Democrats want to figure out a way to undo the reductions, plus a long-term extension of the debt limit increase and a short-term spending bill to reopen the government.”
Republicans have taken a hit in public opinion polls for making Obamacare a sticking point in the shutdown showdown, but Democrats aren’t far behind.
Does it make sense for the Dems to push to undo sequester cuts at this point in the game? Can this new dispute be resolved?
Dana Rohrabacher, Republican Congressman from the 46th district, which includes Southern California coastal communities from Huntington Beach to Palos Verdes
Adam B. Schiff, Democratic Congressman from the 29th U.S. Congressional district which includes Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Griffith Park, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Temple City
Lisa Mascaro, Congressional Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Ginger Gibson, Congressional Reporter, POLITICO