UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville was among the Republican leaders who met with President Obama last night to try-and-work out a deal to end the federal shutdown. The G-O-P offered the president a temporary increase in the debt ceiling to avoid a default next week. In exchange, the president would start negotiating with Republicans on its budget priorities. Ryan said the president quote, "didn't say yes, didn't say no," and the two sides will keep talking.
The White House said the talks went well. House Rules chairman Pete Sessions says an agreement could come as early as today on ending the impasse -- but he said a number of hurdles remain.
Ryan, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was criticized by some in his own party for laying low after the shutdown began. Ryan said he remained busy behind the scenes.
In the Wall Street Journal this week, Ryan called on Obama to seize the current situation to work out a plan for paying down the national debt, and jump-starting the U-S economy. Ryan did not address a desire to delay key parts of the Obama health law, but he's expected to talk about it today at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington.