House GOP Embracing 6-Week Debt Limit Hike but Shutdown Persists

(ABC News) – Republicans are prepared to pass a six-week increase of the debt limit with the hope that President Obama “will look at this as an opportunity and a good-faith effort on our part” to begin bipartisan negotiations on the 10-day-old budget shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner said today.

“What we want to do is to offer the president today the ability to move a temporary increase in the debt ceiling [and] an agreement to go to conference on the budget – for his willingness to sit down and discuss with us a way forward to reopen the government and to start to deal with America’s pressing problems,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters today. “Listen, it’s time for leadership. It’s time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin.”

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