President Obama says he will not approve another temporary budget extension, saying he will summon congressional leaders to the White House on a daily basis until they work out a compromise.
"We are now closer than we have ever been to getting an agreement," Obama said on Tuesday following a meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and other congressional leaders. "We are now at the point where there is no excuse to extend this further."
Obama said members of Congress are wrapped up in "political games" instead of focusing on a budget compromise. He reiterated that Democrats have given more than Republicans during negotiations over a budget deal.
"The only question is whether politics or ideology are going to get in the way of preventing a government shutdown," he said. "You don't want delays, you dont want disruptions, just because of usual politics in Washington."
He threatened to refuse another two-week extension, saying he would only approve a two or three-day extension, if "paperwork" is all that remains to work out a budget compromise.
Obama also mentioned that – at the request of Boehner – he was not invited to a budget meeting between Boehner and Reid at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
"Boehner didn't want our team involved in that discussion, that's fine," Obama said. "If they can't sort it out then I want them back here tomorrow."
He added: "We can't have a my way or the highway approach to this problem."