Following a meeting at the White House Thursday between Barack Obama and a select group of U.S. House Republicans, reports indicate the two sides were unable to reach an agreement that would end the ongoing federal government shutdown.
A White House statement called the 90-minute powwow “a good meeting,” despite the fact that “no specific determination was made.”
Both camps vowed to continue working toward a compromise, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promising to keep the dialogue alive throughout the rest of the day.
Republicans offered a plan that would allow the nation’s astronomical debt limit to increase, though the House plan would not end the shutdown. After the olive branch was dismissed by Democrat Senate leaders, Obama reportedly rejected it as well.
Obama will meet with legislators from both parties in coming days as he tries to find a way to salvage his plummeting approval rating by mismanaging even more taxpayer money.
With House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite only certain representatives to the meeting, a group that excluded the chamber’s most conservative voices, at least the White House will have a hard time blaming the Tea Party for this latest impasse.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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