President Obama declined to commit to a Republican proposal to pass a short-term debt limit increase because the plan wouldn't also re-open the government. The plan included a condition that both parties would then negotiate over tax reform and debt reduction measures. And while Republican House Speaker John Boehner left his meeting with Obama on Thursday without comment to reporters, other members of the 20-person group were more positive in comments about the overall meeting, which lasted more than an hour.
In a statement shortly following the meeting, the White House said that "the President had a good meeting with members of the House Republican Leadership this evening," adding, "After a discussion about potential paths forward, no specific determination was made."
The New York Times, who described Obama's non-committal as a "rejection," notes that Republicans will continue to work tonight on some version of the idea. The Times explains why a a meeting in which Republicans didn't get what they wanted could still be a good thing for negotiations:
The House Republican offer represented a significant breakthrough. Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Republicans were now willing to go to formal negotiations with Senate Democrats over a long-term, comprehensive budget framework, a move Republicans have resisted since April. And while House Republicans are divided over even a short-term increase in the debt ceiling, Representative Tim Griffin, Republican of Arkansas, said the proposal would pass with Republican and Democratic votes.
Just after the meeting, Eric Cantor said "we had a very useful meeting and we're going to have more discussions on both sides tonight." He elaborated to the Hill with a constructive take on the meeting:
The takeaway from the meeting is our teams are going to be talking further tonight. We'll have more discussion," he said. "We'll come back to have more discussion and the president said he would go and talk with the administration folks and hopefully we can see a way forward after that.
Meanwhile, the parade of Republicans arriving at Capitol Hill after the meeting looked less than thrilled, apparently. Here are some other quick responses just after the meeting:
Harold rogers just said its inaccurate that the president rejected their proposal and pete sessions said they're all working together now— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) October 10, 2013
Dave Camp called the meeting "constructive" and declined further comment. All Republicans have now converged on Boehner's office— Russell Berman (@russellberman) October 10, 2013
#GOP aide: discussions between House GOP and WH will begin tonight— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) October 10, 2013
This post on a developing story has been updated with new information.