Obama demands vote to reopen U.S. government
With the U.S. government shutdown extending into its second week, and the debt limit deadline looming,
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday called on Republican leaders to hold a vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
"The truth of the matter is, there are enough Republican and Democratic votes in the House of Representatives right now to end the shutdown immediately with no partisan strings attached."
The president was responding to a statement by House Representative Speaker John Boehner on Sunday, who claimed that there are not enough votes pass a resolution to end the shutdown.
Boehner said, however, that he is willing to talk with the president about the issue of raising the debt ceiling, which currently sits at 16.7-trillion U.S. dollars.
Lawmakers have until October 17th to increase the nation's multi-trillion dollar debt ceiling, to pay its bills and avoid default.
Obama has said that he is willing to talk to Republicans on fiscal and budget issues, but not under threat of a shutdown and debt default.
Separately on Monday, White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling did not rule out a short-term increase to the borrowing cap, which could offer more time for an agreement.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.