A meeting between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is unlikely before the October deadline to avoid a government shutdown, a top aide to the GOP leader said on Tuesday, further diminishing the chances for a last-second deal.
“President has decided to sit this one out,” Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman, told the Washington Examiner. “So [we’ll] move forward without him.”
Buck’s comments come as a deadline nears to pass a spending bill to keep government funded and avoid an Oct. 1 shutdown. Lawmakers must also raise the nation’s debt limit by mid-October to avert a default.