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Republican Speaker Boehner says Obama refused to negotiate in White House meeting
October 2, 2013 / 11:09 PM / 4 years ago

Republican Speaker Boehner says Obama refused to negotiate in White House meeting

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (L) departs his office with his staff to go to the House floor for a series of votes on partial budget measures to send to the Democratic-controlled Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner emerged from White House talks on Wednesday to say that President Barack Obama again refused to negotiate with them to end a government shutdown.

After more than an hour of talks between Obama and congressional leaders, the top Republican in Washington told reporters it was a polite conversation, but essentially made no progress.

Reporting By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; Editing by Stacey Joyce

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