President Says Meetings Will Continue to Avoid Shutdown

President Barack Obama says he wants Congressional leaders back at the White House until they can work out a budget for the rest of the fiscal year and avoid a partial government shutdown. The latest emergency spending bill runs out Friday. Obama said Monday that he'd only sign another stop-gap measure if it were needed to get the paperwork together on a broader agreement and pass it through both houses. House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement Tuesday saying, “We can still avoid a shutdown, but Democrats are going to need to get serious about cutting spending – and soon.” Republicans accuse Democrats of resorting to budget gimmicks to make it look like they favor deep cuts, when in fact they want higher spending. Democrats accused Boehner of reneging on an agreement to cut $33 billion. Stay with 9&10 News for the latest updates from Washington. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)