President Obama Cancels Part of Asia Trip, Calls Congressional Leaders To White House

Source: Debbi Wilgoren, William Branigin and Karen Tumulty / The Washington Post

An “exasperated” President Obama on Wednesday canceled part of his upcoming trip to Asia and invited congressional leaders to the White House to discuss the budget standoff that has shut down parts of the federal government for the first time in 17 years.

According to a White House official, the top four leaders of both parties from both houses were invited to meet with Obama at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. The president will urge the House to pass a “clean” continuing resolution — without what Obama has called “ideological demands” such as riders aimed at undermining his signature health-care law — so that the government can reopen.

Obama also will “call on Congress to act to raise the debt ceiling to pay the bills we have already incurred and avoid devastating consequences on our economy,” the official said.

Ahead of the meeting, Obama expressed exasperation with Republicans.

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