Obama Summons Congressional Leaders to White House
WASHINGTON — President Obama summoned the Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress to the White House for an afternoon meeting Wednesday, the second day of the government shutdown, to urge the passage of measures financing the government and increasing the nation’s borrowing limit — without add-ons like a limitation on his health-insurance law.
It was to be the first such meeting since large portions of the government were forced to close at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, when the new fiscal year began without agreement on a stopgap spending measure, known as a continuing resolution, or C.R., that would finance the government until spending levels are set for the new year.
“The president will urge the House to pass the clean C.R. to reopen the government, and call on Congress to act to raise the debt ceiling to pay the bills we have already incurred and avoid devastating consequences on our economy,” an administration official said.
Invited were Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio; Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic minority leader; Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader; and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader.
The White House also mounted a full-court press on Wednesday to enlist the nation’s business leaders to pressure Congressional Republicans to agree to finance the government and increase the nation’s borrowing limit without demanding other measures in exchange.
To emphasize the full court press being employed here, on another front they trotted out James Clapper, the head of the NIA to point his bony finger and proclaim that the shutdown is hurting National Security too. Complete with video no less.
Clapper: Shutdown threatens national security
October 2, 2013 2:14 PM EDT — The government shutdown "affects our global capability to support the military, to support diplomacy, to support our policymakers," said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. (CBS News)
They wanted to play hardball and here they are, whining and bitching.
Every one of the miserable motherfuckers can kiss my ass.
It ain't hurting a single one of 'em personally, it's the working man and woman who are taking it up the ass while these peacocks strut around .
Let me tell ya, the secretaries and the people who make it possible for these jack asses to strut around claiming the sky is falling are not going to forget just who is causing their pain.
It's amazing just how much trouble a few hundred thousand disgruntled employees can cause.