Barack Obama rejects House Republican debt plan, US shutdown continues

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President Barack Obama was scheduled to meet the House Democrat leadership. Reuters President Barack Obama was scheduled to meet the House Democrat leadership. Reuters
SummaryEfforts to end the US government shutdown and avoid a debt default before the October 17 deadline...

should not have special treatment," Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy said.

"We are very cognizant of the calendar. We want to find a solution to this in a bipartisan manner that gets us moving forward, that gets America back to working again," he said in a news conference immediately after Pelosi blamed Republicans for the current political and economic crisis.

"It appears that once again, our House Republican colleagues are prepared to put the American economy at risk to advance their political agenda," alleged Xavier Becerra, chairman of the Democrat caucus from California.

"We still have a government that is shut down, and we are on the cusp of reneging on the latter. That is unacceptable to the American people and to the world at this point," said Democrat Congressman Joe Crowley.

"Damage has already been done to the reputation of the US in terms of our abilities to pay our debts. We cannot let down the American people, and we cannot let down -- the Republican Congress cannot let down the world at this point," he said.

"There's a great deal on their shoulders, but it's time for reasonable men and women on the Republican side of the aisle and the House to step forward and tell the speaker that regardless of the small minority in their party - maybe those who are enabling that small minority- it's time to push them aside."

"They must do what is right and just for the American people and for the world, and that is to pass a bill to extend our debt ceiling and to get government opened and operating again," he told reporters at a news conference.

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