WASHINGTON, D.C. - The blame game continues in Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama on Thursday said House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the federal government.
Speaking at a small business just outside of Washington on the third day of the shutdown, Obama said Boehner is preventing a vote on a funding bill because he doesn't want to anger "extremists" in his party.
However, Boehner said the president is still refusing to negotiate.
Boehner said he wants Obama and Democrats to sit down for a serious discussion about funding the government.
Boehner said 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 seek to make major changes to Obama's signature health care law.
The president called on Boehner to quickly hold a vote on a bill free of extra demands.
The president met with Boehner and other congressional leaders at the White House for more than an hour Wednesday, but no agreement was reached.