By Sam Youngman - 06/24/11 06:26 PM EDT
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday dismissed a statement from Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE (R-Ohio) that warned House Republicans will not pass a tax increase as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling.
"There are a lot of statements that are put out," Carney said.
"The American people want us to take a balanced approach," he added.
Carney said Obama continues to believe a deal will be reached to raise the debt limit despite the breakdown this week of the bipartisan talks led by Vice President Biden.
Carney said Obama has not spoken with Boehner since the Speaker visited the White House Wednesday night. He said Biden has been in contact with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers over the last 24 hours.
"We believe that we can move forward as long as no one in the talks takes a my-way-or-the-highway approach," Carney said.
Obama will hold separate meetings at the White House Monday with Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidShutdown risk grows over Flint Overnight Finance: Four days left to avert shutdown | Conservative group bucks spending bill | Lawmakers play catch-up on smartphone banking Reid blasts GOP senator over Flint 'hostage' comments MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellShutdown risk grows over Flint Senate poised to override Obama veto Overnight Finance: Four days left to avert shutdown | Conservative group bucks spending bill | Lawmakers play catch-up on smartphone banking MORE (R-Ky.) in an attempt to break the gridlock.
Despite the appearance of an impasse, Carney said the White House remains "confident that we can continue the progress that we've made and that there's reason to believe that we'll be able to find common ground to achieve significant deficit reduction."
"Because the American people insist that we get it done," Carney said.