Obama says latest House GOP plan a ransom demand, rejects proposals

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WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama is rejecting the latest House GOP proposals to reopen government and avoid missing the Thursday deadline to avert a default. He is calling the seven top Democratic House leaders, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to the White House at 3:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The Senate is headed to a bi-partisan agreement, with the spotlight now on the House.

Following a meeting with House Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a brief press conference,”Our leadership team met with our members today trying to find a way forward in a bipartisan way that would continue to provide fairness to the American people under “Obamacare.” There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go.

“There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do. But we’re going to continue to work with our members on both sides of the aisle to try to make sure that there is no issue of default, and to get our government reopened,” Boehner said.

Compared to the House GOP bid 15 days ago to delay, defund or derail Obamacare, the president’s signature health care law, the House GOP push on Tuesday–which the president rejected–was comparatively small. The House GOP wants to delay an Obamacare medical device tax for two years and put members of Congress and Cabinet officials under Obamacare.

Pelosi, at a Democratic press conference said the Senate progress “evidently has struck fear in the hearts of the House Republicans, whose reckless, radical behavior has called upon them to sabotage the bipartisan effort in the United States Senate.”

Pelosi said Boehner does not even have the votes for his own proposals and the House GOP actions served to “sabotage” the Senate bi-partisan plan which is undergoing final negotiations.

“You can see he does not have the votes,” Pelosi said.

Amy Brundage, a White House spokeswoman said in a statement, “The President has said repeatedly that Members of Congress don’t get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation’s bills. Unfortunately, the latest proposal from House Republicans does just that in a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans who forced the government shutdown in the first place.

“Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have been working in a bipartisan, good-faith effort to end the manufactured crises that have already harmed American families and business owners. With only a couple days remaining until the United States exhausts its borrowing authority, it’s time for the House to do the same.”

Democrats to the White House: That’s Pelosi and Congressmen Hoyer, Clyburn, Becerra, Crowley, Israel and Van Hollen going to the White House on Day 15 of the partial federal government shutdown.

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