(CNN) – While parts of the government remain closed and the debt limit deadline is less than a week away, negotiators appear a little bit closer Friday to working out a deal.
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President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner spoke by phone on Friday afternoon and agreed that all should “keep talking,” according to their spokesmen.
This as the White House expressed concerns with a proposal by House Republicans that would only address a debt-ceiling increase, saying Obama wants to do that and reopen the government.
Over in the Senate, CNN’s Dana Bash reports several impatient GOP senators are willing to give Boehner a day or two to come up with a deal with the White House on the shutdown and the debt ceiling. After that, they plan to push their own ideas more aggressively. They want longer-term solutions.
On the table
GOP sources told CNN's Deirdre Walsh that House Republicans have made an offer to President Barack Obama to resolve the budget standoff but the plan falls short of Obama's demand to immediately reopen the government. But the plan would temporarily raise the debt ceiling, the other key Democratic demand.
(CNN) – While there are fresh signs of movement between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, nothing is settled yet. As talks heat up, part of the government is still closed and it’s a day closer to when the Obama administration warns of a potential default on U.S. debt.
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"A useful and productive conversation."
That's how House Republican leaders characterized their meeting with President Barack Obama in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Thursday.
The good news is that they're still talking, contrasted with the last White House meeting when they had little to say.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, one of the Republican leaders at the White House meeting, said "we want to move quickly" and that Obamacare did not come up in "any substantive way" in their discussion. He said that both sides were working in good faith to resolve their differences.
The Republican proposal:
Republicans earlier proposed to raise the debt ceiling for as long as six weeks to allow more time to negotiate a longer-term deal. In exchange, Republicans want a conference committee with members of both parties to work on a large deal addressing undefined “pressing problems.”
Washington (CNN) - Amid new Republican offers to reopen the government and raise the debt limit in exchange for discussing cutting entitlements like Medicare and Social Security, President Barack Obama thanked the House Democratic caucus in a meeting at the White House, praising his legislative backers for holding firm against GOP demands to piecemeal funding for the government.
In a statement characterizing the meeting, the White House said Obama and House Democrats "reaffirmed their shared belief that we cannot let one faction of the Republicans in the House demand a ransom for doing its job and paying the bills we have already incurred."
The White House read out of the meeting portrayed a president solely focused on "fighting for working families" and gave no indication that Obama intends to cave to Republican demands, which have now evolved from "defunding" the president's signature health care law to slashing, in their minds, the true drivers of America's swelling debt.
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Obamacare out, entitlements in: Republicans seem to be shifting the shutdown/debt ceiling battle line from an argument over Obamacare to one over entitlements.
After spending the first week of the shutdown trying to tie anything that would fund the government and end the impasse to President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the word "Obamacare" hasn't come up as much in recent days.