Boehner urges active Obama role in deficit talks

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Posted: Jun 03, 2011 10:23 AM
Boehner urges active Obama role in deficit talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner Friday urged President Barack Obama to take an active role in deficit reduction talks if he wants to reach an agreement this month.

"I think there's a lot of progress that's been made in the Biden talks," Boehner said of negotiations being overseen at the White House by Vice President Joe Biden.

"He (Obama) could take a more active role. He's had this hands off approach for the last several months while this conversation has raged on," Boehner added. "If he wants this agreement done by the end of the month, better get going."

(Editing by Vicki Allen)