(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that "some progress was made" with "some narrowing of the issues" in talks with congressional leaders over the weekend on a deficit reduction plan that would bring Republican support for raising the debt ceiling.
He said the deadline for reaching an agreement in deficit reduction talks to raise the federal debt ceiling is approaching, telling reporters that "we're in the 11th hour and we don't have a lot of time left."
"We don't have any more time to engage in symbolic gestures. We don't have any more time to posture," Obama said.
Obama said he will call House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders to arrange more face-to-face talks after the House votes later in the day on a Republican deficit reduction plan opposed by Democrats and the White House.