By Erik Wasson - 10/09/13 04:42 PM EDT
“Reps. Pelosi and Hoyer asked for the meeting, and as we’ve stated publicly, we're willing to meet with any Democratic leader who is willing to talk," BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE spokesman Michael Steel said.
However, Pelosi claimed that Boehner had asked for the meeting.
She said in a statement that she pressed the speaker to bring up a clean government funding bill to end the shutdown during the meeting.
“Yesterday when I was asked by the Speaker to meet today, I was hopeful he was going to offer a proposal that would allow us to re-open government, avert a default that would harm the full faith and credit of the United States, and take us to the budget conference table," she said.
“Whip Hoyer and I reiterated that there are 200 Democratic votes to accept the Republican budget number of $986 billion to re-open government, and that we would agree to smooth the path to a budget conference. We were disappointed the Speaker did not take ‘yes’ for an answer," she added.
Boehner was mum after the meeting, which also included Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan seeks to avoid Boehner fate on omnibus GOPers fear trillion-dollar vote is inevitable Insiders dominate year of the outsider MORE (R-Va.).
The Speaker went quickly afterward to the House floor to again call for changes to ObamaCare — the original demand that led to the government shutdown, now in its ninth day.
"How can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn't work?" he asked on the House floor.
Boehner has been calling on Democrats for days to negotiate over the crisis, but Democrats have responded by demanding the government be reopened first.