Obama invites House Democrats to the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is having Democrats from the House of Representatives to the White House as a showdown over the budget extends into its ninth day.

The White House says the private meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) Wednesday.

The White House added that the president intends to invite Republicans and senators in the coming days.

Republicans are demanding talks on deficit reduction and Obama's health care law to approve spending legislation and increase the government's debt limit. Obama says he won't negotiate until the budget is approved with no strings attached.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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