WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says another round of talks with congressional leaders has helped but there is no deal yet to avert a government shutdown.
Obama said he hoped to be able to announce a deal on Friday but "there's no certainty yet." He said he told House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he wants an answer in the morning.
The president spoke briefly to reporters after meeting for roughly an hour in the Oval Office with Boehner and Reid. Those two leaders said jointly that the latest round of talks had narrowed the issues. They pledged to work through the night to break the impasse.
At issue is a spending bill to keep the government running after midnight Friday.
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President Barack Obama is calling House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid back to the White House on Thursday for more budget negotiations aimed at heading off a government shutdown.
The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will also attend the 1p.m. EDT meeting aimed at reaching a deal to fund the government before a deadline of midnight Friday.
Obama met with Boehner and Reid at the White House late Wednesday night for more than an hour. All parties said the meeting was productive but no deal was reached. Obama says the parties must move with urgency.
Thursday's meeting comes after Reid said on Capitol Hill that he was growing less optimistic about the prospect of reaching an agreement.