Obama Withdrawal Puts China’s Xi Jinping In Apec Box Seat

If Boehner says there are not enough votes, then they should prove it, Obama said during a news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he thanked employees for working in less than optimal circumstances during the partial government shutdown, now entering its second week. Hold a vote, Obama challenged Boehner. Call a vote right now and lets see what happens. Boehner said Sunday that there arent enough votes to end the shutdown without Obama negotiating to delay or otherwise make changes to the new health care reform law, a statement that cut sharply against vote counts done by news organizations and the statements of numerous moderate Republicans who have publicly said they would join with Democrats to reopen the government at current spending levels if Boehner allows a bill to come to the floor. There are not the votes in the House to pass [a clean spending bill], Boehner said. One of the moderate Republicans who favors passing clean funding bill a so-called continuing resolution funding the government without changes to the health care law said moments after Obamas remarks that he agrees there are enough votes. I believe there are the votes to pass a clean [continuing resolution], Pennsylvania Republican Rep.
Source: http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/07/obama-says-boehner-bluffing-hold-a-vote/

Not China. Not Japan . Not any other power. Of course, it’s in this respect that Obama’s no-show does hurt: it feeds fear that America’s commitment to Asia is wavering, leaving allies to fend for themselves. As Edward Friedman, China foreign policy expert at the University of Wisconsin, says, the Obama no-show adds to the voices anxious about Chinese expansion who are saying that the US will not balance China, that a giant, assertive China cannot be balanced, that the only choice is surrender to the [Chinese Communist Party] regime and cutting the best deal possible. But for the moment, the reality is that US military and economic involvement in Asia is growing, and America’s allies understand that. Carlyle Thayer of the Australian Defence Force Academy says that the president’s no-show “will not alter the momentum of US rebalancing, especially in the defense and security areas.” Missing one trip is no catastrophe, but it is a setback. Obama has fumbled the Asia ball to the extent that President Xi Jinping has been able to make considerable political and economic mileage from this error,” Thayer said. “But China has not scored a touchdown.
Source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/131007/obama-asia-summit-cancellation-china-victory

Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Barack Obama President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, about the government shutdown. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a protracted dispute over Obama’s signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/06/rand-paul-obama_n_4053787.html

Obama’s Asia summit no-show: How it looks from over there

Government officials “are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times,” Obama said. He is optimistic about new diplomacy with Iran, as the United States seeks a deal in which the Iranians would renounce any attempt to make the means to create nuclear weapons. “We’re not going to take a bad deal,” Obama told the Associated Press. “We are going to make sure that we verify any agreement that we might strike.” U.S. intelligence agencies predict that Iran is about a year or more from having the capability to make a nuclear bomb; Israel disagrees, saying Iran is closer. The United States may keep some forces in Afghanistan after the formal end of the war in 2014, if an agreement can be reached with the Afghan government; the U.S.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/05/obama-associated-press-interview-government-shutdown/2926989/

Obama: No negotiations with Republicans for now

President Barack Obama’s decision to pull out of the APEC forum and leaders’ retreat in Bali, Indonesia this week because of a domestic political brawl leaves Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin as the two most powerful men in attendance. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry now leads the U.S. delegation to Indonesia for APEC and to the East Asia summit and U.S.-ASEAN meetings that follow in Brunei starting Wednesday. Obama’s cancellation was no surprise. He had already trimmed Malaysia and the Philippines from his Asia itinerary because of the failure of the U.S.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/06/world/asia/apec-obama-xi-putin/index.html

Obama Says No Negotiations Until Debt Ceiling, Funding Settled

Obama said. Let the bill go to the floor and lets see what happens. Just vote. Some Republican lawmakers dispute the speakers assessment of the likely vote tally, saying there are probably enough bipartisan votes to approve a short-term budget without addressing Obamacare or any other legislation. Mr. Boehner said repeatedly Sunday that he wants to have a conversation visit homepage with the president over raising the borrowing limit, which stands at $16.7 trillion.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/7/white-house-takes-tough-line-default-threat/

Obama demands quick House vote on shutdown

Were not going to negotiate under the threat of economic catastrophe, Obama said at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he met with some of the federal workers who are still on duty. House Speaker John Boehner said yesterday the Republican-controlled chamber wont pass an increase to the federal debt limit without concessions from Obama. The president has repeatedly rejected any negotiations on either the debt ceiling or funding government operations. There were few signs of the stalemate breaking a week into a government shutdown and 10 days from when Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew says the U.S.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-07/obama-says-no-negotiations-until-debt-ceiling-funding-settled.html

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