House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stops to greet visitors from Panama City, Fla., guests of Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.  After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Photo by: J. Scott Applewhite

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stops to greet visitors from Panama City, Fla., guests of Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)