Obama: Republicans ‘Not Serious’ About Negotiating Budget
In the latest turn of events for the Republican caucus, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) found himself the object of pity as he struggled to reason with House members bent on defunding Obamacare and a Democratic Party that considers the move non-negotiable. In an interview on ABC News on Sunday, President Obama reiterated his party wouldn’t bargain with the debt ceiling and lamented that Republicans “haven’t been willing to negotiate in a serious way” on the budget.
On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Obama once again addressed the cause tea party members in the House of Representatives are pushing Republican leadership to advance.
“What I haven’t been willing to negotiate, and will not negotiate, is on the debt ceiling,” Obama said on ABC News. The Republican tactic of trying to use the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, as a bargaining chip in debt ceiling negotiations was described as a “nonstarter” by White House officials, according to The New York Times. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who expressed sympathy for Boehner, relayed the message to the speaker earlier this week.