Still No Deal on Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's still no deal to keep the government running.

After meeting late last night and again today, President Barack Obama hasn't been able to work out an agreement with House Speaker John Boehner.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who's also been in the meetings, says there will be another one later today. And Boehner told reporters outside the White House that "all of us sincerely believe that we can get to an agreement."

A deadline looms at midnight tomorrow night -- after which there would have to be a partial government shutdown.

Boehner said he asked Obama to sign the measure the House passed this afternoon that would fund the government for one more week. It would make $12 billion in cuts, and fully fund the Pentagon through September. But Obama calls the measure a distraction from negotiations on a full-year spending bill and has promised he would veto it.

After today's meeting, Boehner said, "There is no agreement on a number, there's no agreement on the policy issues."

The White House says it would support reimbursing the pay of employees who are furloughed as a result of a potential government shutdown.

It is up to Congress to decide whether to make a retroactive payment for government workers who must take a leave during a shutdown. Congress has authorized such payments in past government stoppages.

Jeffrey Zients of the Office of Management and Budget said the Obama administration would encourage Congress to make those reimbursements. He said a shutdown could affect 800,000 federal workers.