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Republican leaders say fully engaged with Obama
July 30, 2011 / 8:15 PM / 6 years ago

Republican leaders say fully engaged with Obama

<p>U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (L) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speak at a news conference about the U.S. debt ceiling crisis at the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 30, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst</p>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives said on Saturday that after a week of stalemate they are now in serious talks with President Barack Obama to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a looming default.

“We now have a a level of seriousness with the right people at the table,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said at a news conference, where he was joined by House Speaker John Boehner.

Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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