WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama has called the speaker to say he still won’t negotiate on ending the partial government shutdown or raising the nation’s debt limit.
Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck says the call took place Tuesday morning.
The call came as a partial shutdown of the government enters its second week with no sign of ending.
Boehner said he is willing to negotiate budget issues with President Barack Obama without any conditions. But Obama says it’s Congress’ responsibility to pay its bills and that negotiating on these issues would set a dangerous precedent.
The Ohio Republican told reporters Tuesday, ‘‘I’m not drawing any lines in the sand.’’
The government’s partial shutdown entered the eighth day. An even bigger financial crisis looms next week when the government reaches the limit of its authority to borrow money.
Republicans have said they want changes to Obama’s signature health care law in exchange for reopening the government. They have said they want spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit.
Boehner said, ‘‘All we’re asking for is to sit down and have this conversation.’’