Republicans aren't the only ones who might risk a government shutdown to get what they want.
President Barack Obama will not agree to a budget deal unless Republicans agree to spend more money, Press Secretary Josh Earnest reiterated Tuesday.
Speaker John A. Boehner pushed back on the notion of defense spending exceeding budget caps at his news conference Thursday, later adding if President Barack Obama wants to negotiate a new budget deal, “all he has to do is ask.”
“He hasn’t asked. It’s as simple as that,” Boehner said. “We’ve got a plan. We’ve got a plan that gives him what he wants for defense and keeps the caps in place. If he wants to have a budget negotiation, all he has to do is ask. I’m a pretty reasonable guy.”