Source: Stephanie Condon / CBS News
On the eighth day of the government shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that before re-opening the government, Democrats and Republicans should sit down for negotiations without any preconditions.
“The central argument is this: are we going to sit down and have a conversation, or aren’t we?” he told reporters. “There’s no boundaries here. There’s nothing on the table, nothing off the table.”
Democrats, meanwhile, insist they’ve already made a major to Republicans by agreeing to the low spending limits that the GOP wanted.
“He can’t take yes for an answer,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said on the Senate floor Tuesday, referring to Boehner. “I don’t know what else is left to talk about. All we’re asking is that government be re-opened.”
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