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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 13:51

Obama invites House Democrats to the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nothing is happening in Washington's budget battle that would suggest a resolution is near. President Barack Obama is having House Democrats to the White House for a private meeting this afternoon. The White House says the president intends to invite Republicans and senators in the coming days. Republicans are demanding talks on deficit reduction and Obama's health care law to approve spending legislation. Obama says he won't negotiate until the budget is approved with no strings attached. Still, there are indications that both sides might be open to a short-term extension of the debt limit and a temporary end to the shutdown, giving them more time to resolve their disputes. The partial government shutdown is in its ninth day, while the Treasury Department says it will run out of bookkeeping maneuvers and hit the country's borrowing limit in about a week or so.