Lawmakers Are Talking, But There’s No Agreement Yet

WASHINGTON (October 11, 2013)--GOP lawmakers are trying to come up with a bipartisan solution to the budget stalemate, U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Friday.

Returning from a two-hour meeting at the White House, McConnell told reporters Friday that the session with President Barack Obama was useful and said he hoped that Senate Republicans could find a way out of the impasse.

Senate Republicans have had several private discussions on how to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 11th day, and avert a catastrophic economic default.

Mr. Obama held discussions with Senate Republicans at the White House Friday morning.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he was pleased the president met with lawmakers, but not with the result.

“What could have been a productive conversation was instead another predictable lecture from the president that did not lay out a new path forward,” he said.

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