October 2, 2013 / 11:09 PM / in 4 years

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

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.

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

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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