Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama gave House Democrats what appears to be the strongest indication to date that he would agree to a short-term debt ceiling increase, if that’s what Republicans would accept, a Democratic lawmaker tells CNN.
The president made his remarks at a private White House meeting with all House Democrats.
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The Democratic lawmaker said the president signaled more “give” to the idea of a deal of around six weeks for lifting the debt ceiling.
Talking about a short-term solution, he told the group “if that’s what (House Speaker John) Boehner needs to climb out of the tree that he’s stuck in, then that’s something we should look at.”
The president also said if Republicans want to propose a short-term fix and Democrats say no, then the firm
ground Democrats think they’re standing on now would soften.
The lawmaker came away from the White House meeting saying he sees a “small measure of hope that this becomes an exit strategy.”
CNN has been reporting that senior House GOP sources are signaling openness to the idea of a short-term increase in the debt ceiling, as long as Democrats agree to negotiations on how to reduce the debt and deficit during the time the debt ceiling is increased.
But Republican sources have also told CNN the parameters of those talks have to be specific enough to sell to their skeptical GOP members.
What would Democrats be willing to talk about? The Democratic lawmaker said House Democrats are open to hearing what Republicans have in mind
The House Democrat also said the president joked with Democrats that the Republicans’ list of demands is so long the only thing missing is a demand for his resignation.