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Boehner signals compromise in budget talks

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 31, 2011, to discuss the impasse with Senate Democrats as the budget impasse threatens a government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 31, 2011, to discuss the impasse with Senate Democrats as the budget impasse threatens a government shutdown.

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a possible government shutdown a little over a week away, White House and congressional negotiators are working to come up with a compromise spending bill.

The effort may be bearing fruit.

Although the Republican-led House voted last month to cut more than $60 billion from this year's budget, House Speaker John Boehner has agreed to discuss a compromise in the $33 billion range.

At a news conference today, Boehner acknowledged that Republicans can't impose their will on the White House and Senate Democrats. Boehner says the GOP's goal "is to cut spending, not shut down the government." But tea party activists want deeper cuts.

Without action by Congress, the money will run out on April 9. Lawmakers are seeking a compromise that will extend to the Sept. 30 end of the spending year.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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