After a meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama, lawmakers actually agree on something. It is the fact there is no deal in sight to end the partial shut down of the government of the U.S. The Republicans refuse to move forward unless President Obama and the Democrats offer concessions on the Affordable Care Act which they dub ObamaCare.
The more disturbing problem is the fact the debate on the debt ceiling is looming and the impact on the economy and credit rating of the government would likely be even more damaging. Once again, if changes to ObamaCare is what the Republicans are hoping to gain, all signals are they can forget that idea.
According to White House press secretary Jay Carney President Obama “will not offer concessions to Republicans in exchange for not tanking the economy.”
According to Huffington Post, the shutdown could end immediately if the U.S. House of Representatives were allowed to take a vote:
“As of Wednesday afternoon, the number of those Republicans hit 20 — surpassing the magic 17 votes needed to pass a clean funding bill if all 200 Democrats stick together and team up with them. Of course, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would have to be willing to put that bill on the floor in the first place. But if he did, the votes appear to be there for passage, at which point the bill would sail through the Senate and be signed by President Barack Obama, ending the shutdown.”
To see the list of GOP representatives prepared to abandon Boehner, visit HuffingtonPost.
Do you think President Obama will eventually concede to any changes?