Party leaders point fingers after White House meeting on second day of government shutdown
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WASHINGTON - After a meeting at the White House on the second day of the partial government shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is refusing to negotiate and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says House Republicans keep "moving the goal posts" on a deal.
Boehner says it was a nice conversation but suggested little progress was made. He says he wants Obama and Democrats to sit down for a serious discussion about funding the government.
Boehner says House Republicans have sent four proposals for funding the government to the Senate, but they've all been rejected. He says the Senate should appoint conferees to work out differences between a House and Senate proposals.
Obama and Senate Democrats have rejected the House-passed proposals because they all make major changes to Obama's health care law. The president insists that the House follow the Senate and pass a government funding bill that's free of other demands.
Pelosi said Wednesday that Republican House Speaker John Boehner needs to allow a vote on a Senate passed bill and the government will reopen.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, says House Republicans are too focused on the health care law.
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