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President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt limit, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (Charles Dharapak/AP)
President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt limit, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Note: Here & Now provided special coverage of President Obama's speech this afternoon, with NPR's Tamara Keith, Mara Liasson and Scott Horsley.


Update 3 p.m.: President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos."

Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and a few hours after calling Boehner.

Obama says he urged Boehner to hold a vote immediately to reopen the government.

The White House says Obama also urged Boehner to hold a vote that would allow the government to borrow more money.

Senate Democrats are planning a vote this week to provide new borrowing, without new spending cuts Republicans want.


2 p.m.: The White House says President Barack Obama has called House Speaker John Boehner to urge a vote that would allow the government to borrow more money.

Senate Democrats are planning a vote this week to provide new borrowing, without new spending cuts Republicans want.

The White House says Obama urged Boehner to allow a timely vote on the measure, quote, "with no ideological strings attached."

Boehner's office says Obama reiterated in the Tuesday morning call that he won't negotiate on the government shutdown or raising the debt limit. The White House says Obama is willing to negotiate, on topics including his health care law, after the threats of government shutdown and default have been removed.

Obama plans a Tuesday afternoon press conference as the shutdown is in its eighth day.

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This segment aired on October 8, 2013.

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