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Reid, Boehner Say No Agreement Reached on Budget

Wednesday, 06 Apr 2011 11:20 PM

 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said they had not reached an agreement to avert a government shutdown in talks with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday evening.

"It was very honest," Reid told reporters at the White House after the 90-minute Oval Office meeting. "I have confidence we can get this done. We're not there yet, but hope lies eternal."

"We did have a productive conversation this evening. We do have some honest differences. But I do think we made some progress. But I want to reiterate there is no agreement on a number and there is no agreement on the policy riders," Boehner told reporters.

The two leaders said their staffs would work throughout the night to try to reach an agreement, and they would meet on Thursday morning, assess the work of their aides and continue to talk.

(Reporting by Alister Bull, editing by Patricia Zengerle)

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