Obama Demands Quick House Vote On Shutdown

Obama said he strongly suspects there are enough votes in the House to reopen the government today. SEE ALSO: Shutdown casualty: Crisis halts data lawmakers could use to solve budget The truth of the matter is, there are enough Republican and Democratic votes in the House of Representatives right now to end this shutdown immediately with no partisan strings attached, Mr. Obama said during a surprise visit to FEMA headquarters in the district. The House should hold that vote today. The president said he is happy to talk to Republicans about budget issues, but not under threat of a shutdown or a government default. Were not going to establish that pattern, Mr. Obama said, urging the GOP to move beyond this manufactured crisis. Speaker John A.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/7/white-house-takes-tough-line-default-threat/

Obama: Shutdown hurts government operations

Was it really a slam dunk for China? Enlarge China’s President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive at the APEC summit on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. President Barack Obama’s cancelled trip prompted by the government shutdown standoff was widely seen as a victory for China. But was it? (Sunny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images) HONG KONG When President Barack Obama announced that he was canceling his trip to Asia due to the US government shutdown, commentators reacted as if he had said that America was giving up, going home, and abandoning its Asian friends and allies to China. China steps in to fill Obamas vacuum, ran one typical headline in The Australian.
Source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/131007/obama-asia-summit-cancellation-china-victory

Obama’s Asia summit no-show: How it looks from over there

Obama’s cancellation was no surprise. He had already trimmed Malaysia and the Philippines from his Asia itinerary because of the failure of the U.S. Congress to pass a new budget. The possibility that the U.S. government shutdown could escalate into the almost-unthinkable disaster of a debt default later this month prompted him to drop the visit entirely.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/06/world/asia/apec-obama-xi-putin/index.html

Obama withdrawal puts China’s Xi Jinping in APEC box seat

I think Rouhani has staked his position on the idea that he can improve relations with the rest of the world, Obama said. And so far, he’s been saying a lot of the right things. And the question now is, can he follow through? Obama said the U.S. should test whether Rouhani can present a plan that shows Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons, but only peaceful nuclear energy. RELATED: OBAMA ASSURES ISRAEL: MILITARY OPTION ON IRAN STILL ON TABLE KHAMENEI OFFICIAL WEBSITE/EPA Irans Ayatollah Ali Khameni said he approve of President Hassan Rouhanis friendly outreach toward the West, but did not endorse his chat with President Obama.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/obama-iran-year-nukes-article-1.1477685

Obama says Iran ‘a year or more away’ from having nuclear weapon

President Obama at FEMA. President Obama protests the government shutdown during a visit to FEMA Obama told employees they are working ‘under less than optimal circumstances’ Obama says he’ll negotiate with Republicans after the government is reopened SHARE 6 CONNECT 29 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE President Obama said Monday he is “eager and ready” to negotiate with Republicans on the budget and other issues, but not until the House GOP votes to reopen the government and increase the debt ceiling. “I’m happy to talk to Republicans about anything,” Obama said during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he took his campaign against the shutdown, which is in its seventh day. Though about 200 FEMA staff members were recalled from furlough some without pay to prepare for Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico, at least 100 of them will have to be refurloughed, Obama said. “Their job has been made more difficult,” Obama told FEMA employees, praising them for performing their duties under “less than optimal situations.” Noting that Tropical Storm Karen dissipated, Obama said, “We dodged a bullet there.” STORY: Shutdown enters second week, no http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net end in sight Obama again called on the Republican-run House to pass a spending plan and raise the debt ceiling with no conditions. Congress must raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling before the government hits it Oct.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/07/obama-shutdown/2936591/

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