What House Republicans Sent the White House

by Jonathan Strong

Following a meeting at the White House on Thursday, House Republicans sent back a framework on how to proceed, which mirrored their initial, in-person offer to President Obama.

The framework includes a six-week debt-ceiling increase and details about a process to reach a larger budget agreement, as well as a discussion of negotiating a government-spending deal in the days to follow a temporary debt-ceiling increase.

“The nature of the discussion is all around reasonable discussions to get the government open, raise the debt ceiling, and begin this process of negotiating,” says chief deputy whip Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), who describes the framework as, “Let’s do a temporary debt ceiling, then let’s concentrate on the continuing resolution.”

Following the meeting with the president, aides to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor traveled to the White House to discuss further details. Republicans have not yet heard back from the White House.

As appropriations chairman Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) said last night, Obama broadly objected to this plan because he wants to focus first on reopening the government. However, GOP sources say, the president’s focus seemed to be premised on the belief, apparently mistaken, that resolution on a CR was not close at hand and that Republicans were unwilling to negotiate on that front.

Republicans familiar with the talks also say the meeting started poorly until House budget chairman Paul Ryan pleaded with Obama, telling him that he was missing a historic opportunity.