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White House postpones meeting between Obama, congressional leaders

White House postpones meeting between Obama, congressional leaders

By Associated Press. CREATED Oct 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) The White House says a meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders has been postponed to give Senate leaders more time to resolve a standoff over the nation's debt and the partial government shutdown.

Obama was scheduled to meet Monday afternoon at the White House with the Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. A new day or time for the meeting wasn't announced.

The delay comes as all sides are expressing optimism that they are getting closer to an agreement to end the two-week partial shutdown and avert a potential default on the U.S. debt.

After meeting twice Monday with his Republican counterpart, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the Senate session by saying he was "very optimistic we will reach an agreement this week that's reasonable in nature.'' Moments later, Republican leader Mitch McConnell seconded Reid's view.

The last meeting between Obama and the congressional leaders was Oct. 2.