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US government stand-off: Boehner not backing down

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US government stand-off: Boehner not backing down


US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner has outlined his position on the stand-off surrounding raising the debt ceiling.

In a press conference on Thursday, he said he had presented President Obama with several proposals, in the hope of ensuring the swift reopening of the US government.

In his speech, Boehner offered to agree to a short-term debt ceiling increase, on the condition that the two parties enter into negotiations on fiscal issues:

“We’re going to offer the president the ability to move a temporary increase in the debt ceiling, in agreement to go to conference on the budget, for his willingness to sit down and discuss with us a way forward to re-open the government and to start the deal with America’s pressing problems,” Boehner said.

However, Obama had originally said he would only be willing to negotiate on broad budget issues after the US Congress ends the governmental shutdown and lifts the debt ceiling.

Boehner and Obama are due to meet on Thursday, following Boehner’s press conference.

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