Senate Republicans, Obama to meet on fiscal issues Friday

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Republicans on Friday at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) to discuss how to end the U.S. government shutdown and a looming deadline to raise the nation's debt limit, a Republican spokesman said.

"That's a good start, but only if it means he's decided to drop his refusal to negotiate on solutions," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

"But if this is a meeting where he simply reiterates that he won't negotiate, this meeting will not be productive," McConnell said.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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