WASHINGTON, D.C. (WGGB) — House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are willing to extend the government’s ability to borrow money for six weeks, but with a condition.
Boehner explains President Obama must agree to negotiate over ending the partial government shutdown and reducing budget deficits. He calls it a “good faith effort” by Republicans to “move halfway.”
The President has insisted the shutdown be ended immediately, with no conditions, and Congressman Richard Neal told ABC40 by phone that’s the only way a deal will get done.
“I think it has enormous potential. I think we don’t want to let the perfect and the possible become conflicted today. I think if this opportunity avails itself, I think a short term rise in the debt ceiling is an important consideration, but the caveat has to be attached and as the President has correctly noted, and that is the government has to be opened,” Neal says.
Congressman Neal sees a glimmer of hope that a deal can be reached in the next few days.