Obama Calls 1st Meeting With Congressional Leaders on Shutdown

With much of the federal government paralyzed for a second day, President Obama will meet with congressional leaders today in search of a way to end the government shutdown and increase the debt ceiling.

The 5:30 p.m. meeting will mark the first time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have convened with Obama in person on such issues.

It’s unclear whether the meeting signals that both sides are ready to negotiate. Obama intends to reiterate his position that Republicans pass a “clean” spending bill, according to the White House, and Republicans also signaled that they want Democrats to give in on some of their demands.