latest on the government shutdown. In its tenth day now. With the danger of america defaulting on its debt a week away, president obama has congressional republicans coming to the white house for... See More
latest on the government shutdown. In its tenth day now. With the danger of america defaulting on its debt a week away, president obama has congressional republicans coming to the white house for talks. Abc's jon karl is there. The white house won't call these negotiations. But is it possible we're seeing some sort of a solution today? Reporter: We may not be seeing a solution. But we are seeing movement. Abc news has learned that house republican leaders are preparing a measure that would at least delay default by raising the debt ceiling for six weeks. Allowing time for broader negotiations on reopening the government. There isn't much common ground anywhere in washington right now. The president invited all 233 house republicans to the white house today. But republicans have decided they'll only send 18 of the party's leaders. This on the heels of a meeting the president held at the white house with house democrats. We're going to solve the problem, open government, negotiate, and honor the full faith and credit of the united states. Reporter: It comes after the disaster on military benefits, the only thing both parties seem to agree on. It's inexcusable to deny help to family members of those who have given their lives serving the country. The shutdown has halted the $100,000 payments given to service members killed in action. The president said he would fix this immediately. When I heard about this story, I told the department of defense, within our administrative powers, we should be able to get that fixed. Reporter: As for changes to anything else, no progress. Republicans are continuing to demand changes to obama care before they agree to reopen the government. What a train wreck. How can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn't work? Reporter: Treasury secretary jack lew will be on capitol hill today, warning that if congress doesn't raise that debt ceiling BY OCTOBER 17th, HE WON'T BE Able to guarantee, among other things, payments to social security recipients. In other words, george, those social security checks may not go out, if you want to see something that gets congress to act. That would be it. You mentioned the republicans are preparing a short-term extension of the debt ceiling. Will this meet the president's condition of having no conditions on it? Or are they going to try to attach conditions on that, as well? Reporter: I'm told they're preparing a clean debt ceiling with no conditions. But only for six weeks. And this does not include reopening the government. Jon karl, thanks very much.
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