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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is telling fellow Republicans that talks with President Barack Obama over ending the partial government shutdown and preventing a federal default have stalled

Rep. Greg Walden says Boehner told House Republicans at the Capitol this morning that the president isn't negotiating with them adding, "The Senate needs to hold tough."

The closed-door Republican session in a basement meeting room came as the shutdown began its 12th day. Today also marks just five days from the date administration officials have warned the government will deplete its ability to borrow money and risk a first-time federal default that could jolt the world economy.

Across the Capitol, senators plan to vote today on a Democratic measure to lift the government's borrowing cap through the end of next year. Republicans are expected to reject it, though.

At the same time, a bipartisan group of senators, closely watched by Senate leaders, is polishing a plan aimed at reaching a compromise with that includes the president.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is set to meet with Senate Democratic leaders at the White House as the impasse drags on over the government shutdown and the nation's credit limit.

The meeting was arranged after the Senate failed on a test vote to advance legislation that would have raised the government's current $16.7 trillion debt ceiling for one year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, are holding talks to break the logjam.

But no solution seems imminent.


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