President Barack Obama is calling House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid back to the White House on Thursday for more budget negotiations aimed at heading off a government shutdown.
The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will also attend the 1p.m. EDT meeting aimed at reaching a deal to fund the government before a deadline of midnight Friday.
Obama met with Boehner and Reid at the White House late Wednesday night for more than an hour. All parties said the meeting was productive but no deal was reached. Obama says the parties must move with urgency.
Thursday's meeting comes after Reid said on Capitol Hill that he was growing less optimistic about the prospect of reaching an agreement.