Both sides dig in heels as shutdown continues, potential default nears

Speaker of the House John Boehner on Capitol Hill on Friday during the shutdown. Both he and the president hardened their opposing stances on the shutdown. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


Both sides dig in heels as shutdown continues, potential default nears

House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday defiantly rejected calls to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit, warning that the nation is headed for a first-ever default unless President Barack Obama starts negotiating with Republicans."That's the path we're on," Boehner, R-Ohio, said on ABC's "This Week." Of Obama, he added: "He knows what my phone number is. All he has to do is call."Sitting for his first television interview since congressional gridlock shut down most federal agencies nearly …

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