Republicans offer to raise debt ceiling if Obama enters budget talks
on 10/10/2013 17:18:12
Speaker John Boehner said the measure would advance if President Barack Obama agrees to negotiate over reopening the government and to "start to deal with America's pressing problems".
Mr Obama, a Democrat, has said consistently that Republicans must reopen the government and prevent the threat of a first-ever government default before he will negotiate over the budget and other conditions Republicans have sought.
Mr Boehner also said he would appoint House negotiators to try to sort out differences between vastly different House- and Senate-passed budget blueprints.
He said: "It's time for leadership. It's time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin."