Editorial: GOP can negotiate after ending shutdown

Republican lawmakers should pass a continuing resolution without strings attached and make sure the government doesn't default on its debt -- and then sit down to talk with the White House and Democrats on other pressing issues, such as sequestration and cutting debt, argues this editorial. If House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, won't move bills forward to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, the editorial states, then "Republicans and Democrats should join together to sign a discharge petition to force a vote, which would undoubtedly pass. And then the talks about what would be good for the country's future can begin."

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