WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's still confident a government shutdown can be avoided despite a budget deadlock.
Obama met Wednesday night with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the White House.
After a meeting that lasted more than an hour, the president said a shutdown can be avoided if negotiators can build on the constructive talks. He said outstanding issues were narrowed and clarified. Obama said a deal can be worked out if there is "a sufficient sense of urgency."
Later, Boehner said the meeting had resulted in a "productive conversation" that resulted in progress being made.
Both sides said they would work through the night. Friday is the deadline to reach an agreement.