Obama, Boehner Discuss Budget

House Speaker John Boehner told President Barack Obama in a three-minute telephone call Wednesday morning that he remains hopeful that a deal can be reached to avoid a government shutdown, his office said.

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"He told the President he remains hopeful a deal can be reached and that talks would continue," Boehner's office said in a prepared statement.

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Sandra Maler)