ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Michigan U.S. Rep. Fred Upton says a Republican congressional delegation held a "constructive discussion" at the White House with President Barack Obama and says more talks are underway to avert a federal debt limit crisis and end the government shutdown.
The St. Joseph Republican and Rep. Dave Camp of Midland were among 18 leading GOP lawmakers who visited Obama on Thursday. Upton chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Camp the House Ways and Means Committee.
In a joint statement, the 18 Republicans said they "laid out the House proposal to temporarily extend the debt limit, formally appoint budget negotiators, and begin immediate discussions over how to re-open the government."
The White House calls it "a good meeting" and expresses hope for more progress.
However, a deal has not yet been reached.
Congressman Upton told 24 Hour News 8 in a phone interview Thursday evening that talks would continue through the night and that they may work into the weekend, as well.
"We made some progress, that's for sure. But we're not done," Upton said over the phone.
He added that both sides seem optimistic.
Meanwhile, the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt limit is inching closer and the government remains shutdown. The longer it drags on, the more likely the markets are to respond negatively.
Earlier Thursday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) outlined a proposal that would leave the shutdown in place while extending the debt limit in exchange for negotiations with the president.
A White House spokesman wouldn't rule out signing a short-term extension, even if the shutdown remained in place.
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