Later asked if Obama would sign a
The comments came hours after House Speaker
Boehner’s decision constituted the first clear sign that a budget standoff may be reaching an endgame, although it was unclear whether his plan would find broad support among conservatives in his own party. It also remains unknown whether
The president repeatedly has said that he won't negotiate with Republicans on the budget until after Congress reopens the government and lifts the threat of a federal default. Obama, along with Senate Democrats, prefers a longer debt limit extension, Carney said, but would not hold out for a longer-term deal as long as no policy amendments were attached.
"If a clean debt limit bill is passed, he would likely sign it," Carney said.
The spokesman resisted the suggestion that signing such a bill would force the president into negotiating with Republicans while the government was shuttered.
House Republican leaders were due to meet with the president later Thursday, a meeting Carney cast as a "conversation" not a negotiation. The president would not offer concessions, Carney said.
"They don't get anything in exchange for holding the economy hostage," he said.