White House aides say Obama talks more frequently with Reid than with any other senator, and they call one another several times a week.
Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry says a clash of personalities may be aggravating the current government shutdown.
President Barack Obama held a press conference Tuesday at the White House on the continuing government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling.
A market-rattling federal default loomed and the partial government shutdown lingered on Monday, but a gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the nation’s most challenging short-term economic disputes.
The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure to boost borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama.
A partial government shutdown enters its fifth day, with Congress convening for a session that promises no progress in breaking the impasse but will at least offer back pay to furloughed federal workers.
President Barack Obama said in an interview that he has done everything in his power to work with the Republican Party since being in office.
President Barack Obama says House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the federal government.
Compromise elusive, Republicans and Democrats engaged in finger-pointing Monday just hours before the first government shutdown in 17 years, driven by an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Republicans in the House stated Wednesday they will not pass two crucial bills unless all of the funding for the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is dropped.