WASHINGTON (WKOW) – President Obama will sit down with House Republican leaders in an effort to find a compromise to end the partial government shutdown.
The White House says President Obama intends to invite Senators to talk in the coming days.
According to an ongoing CNN survey of House members, there appears to be enough votes in the House to approve legislation and reopen the Federal Government. In the House, all 200 Democrats and 19 Republicans support passing a continuing resolution with no additional legislative strings attached. With three vacancies in the 435 member House, that would be enough to end the shutdown. The current minimum required to win approval is 217 votes.
Lawmakers in Washington are also turning their attention to the deadline to raise that national debt ceiling by October 17.
A White House official says President Obama would sign off on a short-term raise of the debt ceiling if the Republicans agreed to it.
According to CNN, House GOP sources say they may be open to a short-term debt ceiling increase too, as long as Democrats agree to negotiations on how to reduce the debt and deficit during that short-term extension.
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