President Obama in the White House briefing room (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
By David Jackson, USA TODAY
President Obama will meet with congressional caucuses from both parties in the coming days, starting Wednesday in a session with House Democrats.
The meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and Obama and the Democrats will discuss the ongoing government shutdown and the prospect of a debt ceiling default.
"The other caucuses will be invited in the coming day," said a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the meetings have not yet been scheduled.
Those groups include House and Senate Republicans, as well as Senate Democrats.
In recent days, Obama has refused Republican requests to negotiate a new spending plan that would end the government shutdown now in its ninth day.
Republicans are seeking a delay in parts of Obama's health care law, but the president and congressional Democrats say they will not sign off on that.
Obama is also refusing to negotiate on the need to raise the $16.7 trillion debt, which the Treasury Department expects to breach on Oct. 17, a week from Thursday.
The debt ceiling gives the government authority to borrow money to pay the nation's debts. Without an increase, the government faces a default that Obama says will create an "economic shutdown."