Republicans headed to White House to meet with Obama

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October 10, 2013, 5:49 am
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(NBC News: Tracie Potts) - Republicans are headed to the White House Thursday for the meeting they've been asking for.

It's not clear if this meeting will get people back to work. The President hasn't changed his mind. Republicans haven't changed their minds - but at least they're talking.

President Obama's message to Republicans at the White House:  Democrats already compromised.

"We've passed the Republican budget [.] Ya can't engage in hostage-taking prior to a negotiation," said President Barack Obama.

Republican Speaker Boehner's message to the President: you can't ignore the health law.

"What a train wreck. How can we tax people for NOT buying a product from a website that doesn't work?" asked House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.

But just the fact that they're talking is progress.

"There's some kind of deal brewing, I don't know exactly what it looks like," said Rep. Mark Sanford, (R) South Carolina.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will tell Congress next Thursday the U.S. runs out of money to pay its bills.

Not everyone believes that.

"We have enough money coming in," declared Rep. Ted Yoho, (R) Florida.

It's not clear whether Democrats will accept a short term increase in the debt limit.

"I don't think it's a responsible place to go," said House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA).

Also, a second charity offered $20,000 to four military families, after Fisher House agreed to pay what the government won't.

"They're grieving. They've suffered enough. Why on earth should they have to worry about where their next dollar is coming from?" asked Ken Fisher of Fisher House.

"I need that income, that income is what pays my electric bill, my phone bill, my food bill," said Teresa Priestner, a widow.

Families of fallen soldiers continue to grieve as Washington tries to figure out how to re-open its doors.

There's mounting pressure to end this from the business community. The National Retail Federation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers are all asking Republicans to back down.

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