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Obama to sit down with congressional leaders over shutdown

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This would be the first time Obama has met with congressional leaders to negotiate on a government funding bill, and is also the first time the White House has indicated it wants to link funding the government to talks on raising the debt ceiling.

White House officials say they expect House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to be in attendance. Vice President Biden will also be present.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

White House press secretary Jay Carney shot down the idea, however, that the meeting would be a "negotiation."

He indicated Obama would repeat his demand that House Republicans approve a government-funding bill that includes no language on ObamaCare.

"What the president is asking Republicans in Congress to do is quite literally the least they could do," Carney said.

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