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Obama 'closer than ever' over budget agreement

US President Barack Obama has said it would be inexcusable for lawmakers to fail to fund the government to the end of September to avoid a shutdown.

Congressional leaders and Mr Obama failed to reach a federal budget deal in talks in Washington on Tuesday.

The president told reporters that he and Vice President Joe Biden were prepared to meet for as long as possible to get the issues resolved.

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