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Report: Obama, Democratic Leaders Want ‘Clean’ Funding Bill to Prevent Govt Shutdown

BudgetPresident Barack Obama met with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday to discuss their strategy on upcoming budget negotiations as possible U.S. government shutdown nears, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Obama and the two Democratic leaders agreed that they will back a short-term continuing resolution bill to fund the government beginning on Oct. 1, The Post reports.

“We want to make sure that the riders are off that,” Reid told reporters.

“We want to make sure we have equal money for defense and non-defense.”

The New York Times reported Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have pledged to help prevent another shutdown.

Boehner called on fellow lawmakers to keep the Planned Parenthood funding issue out of the larger budget fight, the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, Obama urged Republicans to eliminate a tax break for private equity managers and raise carried interest taxes to help finance domestic programs that Democrats are pushing for.

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