Obama says talks OK — after default threat averted


Obama says talks OK — after default threat averted

WASHINGTON (AP) - After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints today they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a default in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on reducing deficits and changing the three-year-old health care law. At the White House a few hours later, President Barack Obama said he was “absolutely willing” to hold talks on those terms. “If reasonable Republicans want to talk about any of these things again, I’m ready to head up to the Hill and try,” he added.

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