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Obama, Congressional Leaders to Meet on Shutdown

Official_portrait_of_Barack_ObamaThe House of Representatives in the United States is holding a series of votes on measures to partially reopen the U.S. government, ahead of a crucial White House meeting between congressional leaders and US President Barack Obama.

The House votes would restore funding to some parts of the government, while other services and offices stay closed. Even if the measures pass the Republican-led House, Senate Democrats likely will reject them.

President Barack Obama has invited House and Senate leaders from both parties for talks on how to end the govermment shutdown, which is about to enter its third day.

Conservative House Republicans want to defund or delay the president’s signature health care program and have attached it to the 2014 spending bill.

But several other Republicans are now saying they would join Democrats in voting for a spending bill with no strings attached, which could end the shutdown.

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