Government shutdown 2013: House Speaker John Boehner says president isn't making a fair offer
4:24 PM, Oct 8, 2013
6:16 PM, Oct 8, 2013
(CNN) House Speaker John Boehner said President Barack Obama's proposal Tuesday to negotiate with Republicans on the budget after there's a short-term agreement to fully reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling isn't a fair offer.
"What the president said today was if there is unconditional surrender by Republicans, he'll sit down and talk to us," the Ohio Republican said.
"That's not the way our government works."
However, Boehner said that he was "hopeful" that Republican leaders, such as himself, and top Democrats, such as President Barack Obama, "can begin (a) conversation" soon about the partial government shutdown and impending debt-ceiling deadline.
Speaking about an October 17 deadline at which the U.S. government reaches its debt limit, Boehner said Tuesday, "There's going to be a negotiation here. We can't raise the debt ceiling without doing something about what's driving it to borrow more money and live beyond our means."