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Washington Beat: Democrats, Republicans Talking As Shutdown Hits Day 11

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President Barack Obama and Republicans are continuing their their talks, but it appears a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling remain elusive. Washington bureau reporter Michael Scotto filed the following report for NY1.

After days of name-calling, Democrats and Republicans are talking.

On Friday, House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama spoke by phone, one day after House Republicans unveiled a plan to end the standoff.

"The two of them agreed that all sides need to keep talking," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

The White House, however, has concerns with that Republican proposal, which would temporarily raise the debt ceiling and possibly reopen government on the condition that all sides come to the bargaining table and work out a long-term budget deal.

"We cannot have a situation where the debt ceiling is extended as part of a budget negotiation process for only six weeks, which would put us back in the same situation we're in now," Carney said.

Republicans are planning to meet on Saturday morning to discuss their next move.

Earlier Friday, there were signs of hope after the president met at the White House with Republican Senators.

At that meeting, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine floated a proposal that would reopen the government and temporarily raise the debt ceiling in exchange for the repeal of the medical device tax, which helps fund the Affordable Care Act.

"The president listened carefully," Collins said. "He said that some of the elements were issues we could work on, but he certainly did not endorse it."

That meeting was attended by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the architect of the "Defund Obamacare" campaign, which Democrats blame for the shutdown.

"That just shows how great our government is that we'll just let anybody in the White House," said Rep. Charles Rangel, whose district covers parts of Manhattan and the Bronx. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP