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Biden, lamakers may start spending talks today

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House officials were working to arrange a meeting Thursday between congressional leaders and Vice President Joe Biden to begin negotiating a spending bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September.
President Barack Obama appointed Biden to lead talks with lawmakers and find common ground with Republicans determined to make deep cuts in spending. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said no meeting had been scheduled yet, and said Republicans believe negotiations can only be productive if Democrats are also united on the need to cut spending.
White House chief of staff William Daley and budget director Jacob Lew met with House Democratic leaders Wednesday ahead of the larger bipartisan gathering being planned.


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