As the U.S. government shutdown enters week
two, U.S. President Barack Obama says he’s willing to talk with Republican leaders, but not under the threat of a debt
default and a prolonged government shutdown. Kim Min-ji has the latest. With the U.S. government
shutdown extending into its second week, and the debt limit deadline looming,
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday called on Republican leaders to hold a vote to reopen
the government and raise the debt ceiling. “The truth of the matter is, there are enough
Republican and Democratic votes in the House of Representatives right now to end the shutdown immediately with no partisan
strings attached.” The president was responding to a statement
by House Representative Speaker John Boehner on Sunday, who claimed that there are not enough votes pass a resolution
to end the shutdown. Boehner said, however, that he is willing
to talk with the president about the issue of raising the debt ceiling, which currently sits at 16-point-7-trillion U.S.
dollars. Lawmakers have until October 17th to increase
the nation’s multi-trillion dollar debt ceiling, to pay its bills and avoid default.
Obama has said that he is willing to talk to Republicans on fiscal and budget issues,
but not under threat of a shutdown and debt default.
Separately on Monday, White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling did
not rule out a short-term increase to the borrowing cap, which could
offer more time for an agreement. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.