Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013 02:48 PM
House Speaker John Boehner renewed his call for deficit-reduction talks with President Barack Obama, saying he was not “drawing any lines in the sand.””It’s time for us to sit down and have a conversation,” Boehner told reporters after meeting with Republican House members. “There are no boundaries here. There’s nothing on the table, there is nothing off the table.”
But, Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said President Obama called the speaker Tuesday morning to say he still won’t negotiate on ending the partial government shutdown or raising the nation’s debt limit.
The president’s call to Boehner came as a partial shutdown of the government enters its second week with no sign of ending.