Essentially resigned that they will be unable to win support from House Republicans for a no-strings bill to fund the government, the leadership has clearly shifted to the next battle: the debt ceiling. That all but ensures a prolonged government shutdown as Republicans seek a deal aiming at the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling or face a potentially catastrophic default.
Top House Republicans have begun working on demands the GOP will make in exchange for raising the debt limit and reopening government, according to those familiar with the internal strategy.
Knowing that a delay of
They may also seek to gain administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and the United States and pursue smaller changes to the healthcare law, including the repeal of the tax on medical-device makers and an end to the individual patient advisory board.
House leaders are wary of engaging in another legislative ping-pong match with the
A major agreement “would be the only way out of the mess right now,” said Rep.
Wednesday’s White House meeting, which included Boehner, Senate Majority
Boehner emerged alone, saying Democrats "will not negotiate" to end the shutdown.
"At some point we've got to allow the process that our founders gave us to work out," he said. "All we're asking for here is a discussion and fairness to the America people under Obamacare."
Earlier in the day, Boehner held a series of meetings with party moderates. Rep.
Wednesday night, the House approved measures that would resume certain federal functions – reopening national parks and museums, and funding medical research at the
Republicans also held firm to defeat an effort by House Democrats that could have forced the body to vote on a broader spending bill to end the shutdown entirely, despite a new round of statements from centrist Republicans saying they would support such a bill.
“Leadership is committed to play the
Obama's invitation to congressional leaders to meet at the White House also reassured some moderates.
"I think everyone’s trying to give leadership at least the opportunity to have the conversation with the other side," said Rep.
Times staff writer Kathleen Hennessey contributed to this report.