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Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gets on an elevator to leave Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, for a meeting with President Obama at the White House. After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Senate GOP Leader Talks of Bipartisan Solution



WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says GOP lawmakers are working on trying to come up with a bipartisan solution to the budget stalemate.
  
Returning from a two-hour meeting at the White House, McConnell told reporters Friday that the session with President Barack Obama was useful and 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.
  
Obama held discussions with Senate Republicans at the White House Friday morning

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