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White House, congressional leaders hope to strike budget deal in Oval Office meeting

White House, congressional leaders hope to strike budget deal in Oval Office meeting

President Trump and congressional leaders struck a hopeful tone on Thursday during a meeting in the Oval Office meant to work out any disagreements over a short-term spending bill that will keep the government open past Friday, when funding will run dry without a legislative intervention.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi each said they hoped to reach a compromise during their meeting on a bill that would avert a shutdown.

He and Pelosi pulled out of a scheduled meeting with Trump last week after the president tweeted his doubts that both sides would reach a spending deal.

"We're here to reach a bipartisan agreement to finish out the year," McConnell said.

Lawmakers are expected to pass a continuing resolution this week that will buy them more time for negotiations on a larger bill that will fund the government through next year.

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