No Shutdown Deal After Obama Meets With Congressional Leaders

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    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio, right) listens to colleague Eric Cantor (R-Va.) speak to the press after a House Republican meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 26, 2013.
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    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., (left) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, after Wednesday's White House meeting.
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    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, after Wednesday's meeting at the White House.
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    U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) looks on as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media, following their meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), at the White House in Washington, October 2, 2013. Obama stressed to congressional leaders on Wednesday that he will not negotiate with Republicans over a government shutdown or raising the U.S. debt limit, the White House said.
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President Obama met with Congressional leaders on Tuesday -- the second day of the federal government shutdown -- to discuss possible resolutions to the Congressional deadlock, though no immediate solution has emerged.

After a roughly two-hour meeting with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner stepped out of the White House alongside Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi no closer to a compromise on federal funding. While Republicans want to continue tying government funding to amendments that would cripple Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the president and fellow Democrats refuse to cut funding for the program.

Speaking to reporters in front of the White House, Boehner stated that Obama was unwilling to “negotiate,” though he did not clarify on what.

In contrast, Reid claimed that they offered Boehner the option of negotiating on many subjects, though he added, “We are locked in tight on Obamacare."

Speaking after Reid, Pelosi stated that no matter what, the country must raise the debt ceiling to avoid "cataclysmic" consequences.

“For the good of the order and the good of the American people, we should take the debt ceiling discussion off the table. The United States will always honor its full credit. Closing the government is bad, but the combination of that and not raising the debt ceiling is cataclysmic. Let’s take that off the table,” Pelosi said.

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