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Government shutdown 2013: House GOP to offer deal to end shutdown, raise debt limit

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WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - House Speaker John Boehner's office says the Ohio Republican spoke by phone with President Barack Obama Friday afternoon.

Spokesman Michael Steel said Obama and Boehner agreed "that we should all keep talking." But he said no additional details of their call would be released.

Obama met with Boehner and other GOP leaders at the White House on Thursday. Their staffs continued to talk into the night after the meeting on a possible deal to break their stalemate.

Senate Democrats aren’t happy with a House proposal that would only extend the debt ceiling through November 22. In return, during those six weeks, Democrats must engage in deficit reduction talks. But having to deal with this same scenario a month and a half from now isn’t a very popular idea.

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe said, "Many members expressed concern about raising the debt limit without having a specific plan to deal with our $17 trillion national debt. It was a good exchange, but it was an inconclusive exchange."

And what the House plan does not address is reopening the federal government, while the Senate draft does include money to fund Washington, and would also slash the tax on medical devices under Obamacare.

This is something that has bipartisan support – two words together we haven’t heard in a long time.

"The President didn't say yes, but he didn't say no; to some extent, it's the first time we didn't hear 'no,'" said Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling.

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