Congressional leaders and the White House were "not close to a deal" according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. Refuting reports that a $3 trillion deal had been reached between President Obama and House Speaker John Boeher, R-Ohio, Carney said those reports were incorrect, but that the president is in discussions with all the leaders of Congress "and exploring the possibility of getting the biggest deal possible."
A House leadership aide, meanwhile, told National Journal that Boehner is letting House Republicans know he'll unveil a debt-ceiling plan during their closed-door conference on Friday. Details of what he will lay out were not immediately known.
Of the president’s meetings on Thursday with the congressional Democratic leadership and House Republican leadership, Carney said, “there is no progress to report, but we continue to work on getting the most significant deficit-reduction package possible.”
He added that there are no further meetings scheduled on Thursday between Obama and congressional leaders, but he noted that the situation was “fluid.” Talks are ongoing over the phone and in person at the staff level and above.
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