In an interview Monday with National Public Radio, President Barack Obama excoriated GOP efforts to defund his signature health care law, and made it clear that Republican leaders are wasting their time if they think he will negotiate over that or the debt ceiling.
NPR's Steve Inskeep asked Obama what he could offer as a way to avoid a government shutdown, which at the time of the interview was about half a day away.
“Steve, when you say, ‘What can I offer?' — I shouldn't have to offer anything,” Obama said. “They're not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do.”
He went on to say he is willing to talk to both political parties about “how we shape a budget that is investing in things like early childhood education, rebuilding our roads and bridges and putting people back to work, growing our economy, making sure that we've got the research and development we need to stay at the cutting edge and that deals with some of our long-term debt issues.”