Posted: Oct 10, 2013 1:36 AM
Updated: Oct 10, 2013 1:36 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) Maybe it's time to call in a mediator if there's one not on furlough.
President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress seem no closer to ending a partial government shutdown now in its second week. And a looming crisis over the federal debt limit is rapidly approaching, with economists saying that could have a devastating effect on the U.S. economy.
Mediation expert Rocco Scanza at Cornell University says the two sides need someone to create a "safe place" for them to talk so they can begin to get the government going again.
While the two sides are dug in, a mediator would focus on a bigger objective, which is allowing both sides to save face.
Moving away from the public spotlight could help the two sides find common ground.