Obama: I Won't Negotiate Under Threat
President Obama made an unannounced visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Monday as the nearly week-long government shutdown continues.
Obama thanked FEMA workers for doing their jobs during the shutdown. It’s been reported that some employees at the agency were recalled last week and worked without pay to help prepare for Tropical Storm Karen.
“I think it’s important to understand that the people here at FEMA have been doing everything they can to respond to potential events,” said Obama, adding that the shutdown is making their job more difficult.
He then went after Republicans for being unwilling to negotiate an end to the shutdown and an increase to the nation's debt ceiling.
“I’m happy to talk to Republicans about anything related to the budget. There’s not a subject that I am not willing to engage in, work on, negotiate and come up with compromises," said Obama, adding that he refuses to "negotiate under the threat of further harm to our economy and middle class families.”
He argued that Democrats have already compromised by signing off on a "Republican budget."
Watch Obama's remarks above.