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White House braces for extended funding fight

President Obama will head to a local construction company on Thursday to rail against the government shutdown, evidence the White House is bracing for an extended fight over federal funding.


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The president will discuss the real-world impact that the shutdown is having on small businesses, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

The president also plans to meet with the Financial Services Forum on Wednesday, where he will seek to rally top corporate executives to pressure Republicans to strike a deal on both the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

Carney said that the president would remind the business leaders of the "consequences of the mere flirtation of default."

"They would be catastrophic for the economy," Carney said. "They would cast into question the bedrock foundation of the economy."

The events, paired with a Rose Garden address Tuesday morning in which the president blasted Republicans over the shutdown, suggests the White House plans to use the president's bully pulpit to gain leverage in negotiations. It also indicates that the administration is hunkering down for what could be an extended government shutdown.

The White House also indicated that the president remained unwilling to agree to any of the proposals emerging from the House of Representatives to tie conservative legislative goals to a funding package.

"Here's what the president is offering Republicans: He's offering him no conditions attached to reopening the budget. He's offering no conditions attached to raising the debt ceiling," Carney said.

Carney also dismissed a proposal to fund certain popular aspects of the government in a piecemeal approach. The press secretary said it was "not serious" for Republicans to simply fund popular aspects of the federal government like federal monuments and parks and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"If we want to open the government, they should open the government," Carney said.

The press secretary also remained evasive on whether the president would make a planned trip to Asia next week. Carney wouldn't say whether international travel was logistically possible under a shutdown, saying simply the White House was hopeful the impasse would be resolved before then.

"The logistics of that are best addressed to the agencies involved," Carney said.