WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is demanding the GOP surrender the budget and debt limit fight unconditionally, but Republicans won't do it.
The Ohio Republican was responding to Obama's statement earlier saying he would discuss anything Republicans want, including proposed changes to "Obamacare," but not under the threat of "economic chaos."
He urged Boehner to hold a vote immediately to reopen the government and to allow the country to borrow more money. Boehner is insisting instead that the two sides start negotiating now on the terms of any budget or debt agreement, saying attaching other measures is a long-held practice.
They spoke with the government's partial shutdown in its eighth day. An even bigger financial crisis looms next week when the government reaches its borrowing limit.
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The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.