Obama: 'Not at all' resigned to a shutdown

Associated Press
President Barack Obama answers a question about the looming federal government shutdown from a reporter during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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President Barack Obama answers a question about the looming federal government shutdown from a reporter during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's "not at all" resigned to a government shutdown. He says he expects to speak to congressional leaders during the day and in ensuing days to address budget and debt impasses.

The president addressed the looming shutdown after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo). He also planned to speak from the White House briefing room Monday afternoon.

Obama's remarks follow the Democratic-led Senate's rejection Monday of a short-term spending proposal passed by the House. It contained a one-year delay on the nation's health care law.

The two chambers are trying to reach an agreement to avert a shutdown looming at midnight Monday.

The spending fight is a prelude to a bigger confrontation over the nation's credit limit, expected to hit in mid-October.

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