Following an announcement that the House Republican leadership will offer a short-term extension of the debt ceiling in exchange for new negotiations with the White House, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) issued the following statement:
"I am pleased that President Obama has agreed to meet with congressional leaders today to finally begin serious negotiations on solving our fiscal crisis. For 10 days, President Obama and Senator Harry Reid have refused to have a conversation with us.
"Today's movement on a short-term debt ceiling extension, linked with real negotiations, is an important first step. This will not re-open the government, which is our ultimate goal, but if both sides are at the bargaining table, then anything is possible. As Speaker Boehner has stated, everything should and will be on the table.
"I will support this six-week extension of the debt ceiling, because no one wants our government to default on its obligations, but only because it has been linked with the first real movement from the other side on negotiating an ultimate solution. "