October 1, 2014
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.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.