White House meeting over U.S. shutdown postponed
U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with congressional leaders at the White House has been postponed to give Senate leaders more time to resolve the deadlock over the nation's debt.
Sources from the Republican and Democratic parties say it can be seen as a positive sign that congressional leaders may be close to striking a debt ceiling and government funding deal.
Obama had been due to meet Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
The White House didn't mention when the meeting will be rescheduled for, but gave no indication it would happen in the next few hours.
The U.S. has until Thursday to raise the debt ceiling to avert a potentially disastrous default on its debt.
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