WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday that U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated at the meeting with the congressional leaders that he won't negotiate.
After a 90-minute meeting at the White House, Boehner said in a very brief statement that Obama refused to negotiate and they are still divided.
He told reporters that the Republicans want to have conferees appointed to a joint conference committee to resolve the differences.
Obama summoned the Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress to the White House for an afternoon meeting as the government shutdown dragged to the second day.
It was the first such meeting since many of the U.S. federal government agencies were forced to close doors from midnight Monday.
No deal in sight as U.S. govt shutdown enters 2nd day
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government shutdown entered its second day Wednesday as both sides dug in their heels with no end in sight.
Nonessential U.S. government employees were furloughed starting Tuesday after the bitterly partisan Congress failed on Monday to meet the deadline to fund certain government sectors, marking the first government shutdown in nearly two decades. Full story
Obama to meet congressional leaders for shutdown talks
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will meet the four top leaders of Congress at the White House on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to reopen the government and raise the U.S. debt ceiling, local media reported.
White House officials were quoted as saying that Obama will meet with Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Full story
Backgrounder: U.S. government shutdown