Posted: Oct 2, 2013 6:29 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2013 6:29 PM
Source: Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders from both parties emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama tonight without any signs that they're closer to ending a government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner said the president is still refusing to negotiate over the shutdown, brought about when Congress couldn't agree over a spending measure. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans kept "moving the goal posts" in the negotiations.
House Republicans are demanding changes to Obama's health care law in exchange for reopening the government. Obama has refused. He insists that the House follow the Senate and pass a government funding bill that's free of other demands.
Boehner says House Republicans have sent four proposals for funding the government to the Senate, but they've all been rejected. He says the Senate should appoint conferees to work out differences between a House and Senate proposals.
Obama and Senate Democrats have rejected the House-passed proposals because they all make major changes to Obama's health care law.