After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and House Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget argument that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the edge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default.
The two sides continued discussions into the night Thursday after Obama and top management officials met for 90 minutes with House Speaker John Boehner and other House GOP leaders at the White House.
No agreement was reported and plenty of hurdles
remained, however both sides cast their meeting positively as, for the first
time, hopes emerged that a resolution might be attainable, even if only a temporary
Obama intended a late-morning White House meeting Friday with GOP senators, who said they would present options of their own for ending the shutdown and debt limit standoff.
A White House announcement about Thursday's meeting with House Republicans said "no exact determination was made but added that president looks forward to making continued development with members on both sides of the aisle.