Obama cites progress toward a budget deal; talks continue
April 7th, 2011
06:21 AM ET

Obama cites progress toward a budget deal; talks continue

By Alan Silverleib and Tom Cohen, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Spurred by a hastily arranged evening meeting between President Barack Obama and the top two congressional leaders, negotiators worked into Thursday to try to work out remaining differences in a possible budget deal that would avert a government shutdown.

If there is no deal by midnight Friday, when the current spending authorization measure expires, parts of the government will close down.

Obama told reporters that the 90-minute meeting he held Wednesday night with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, was "constructive," adding it narrowed and clarified the outstanding issues. He provided no specifics, and said staff members would continue working through the night on the details.

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Topics: Budget • White House

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