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White House says talking to U.S. lawmakers to avoid a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obama administration officials have been talking to lawmakers on ways of avoiding a government shutdown, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday.

He told a news briefing that President Barack Obama does not want Congress to pass budget legislation with “ideological riders,” a reference to the push by some Republican lawmakers to cut funding for Planned Parenthood in any legislation to fund the government beyond Sept. 30.

“I can confirm … that there have been conversations between White House officials and members of Congress on Capitol Hill to discuss the need to avoid a government shutdown,” Earnest said.

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