President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner spoke for several minutes without reaching a resolution early Friday evening, a Republican aide said extending a day of delay on averting a federal shutdown by midnight.
The pair spoke by phone at 6:30 p.m. about on the question of funding the federal government by a midnight deadline to avert a government shutdown, the aide said, according to Reuters. The White House said Boehner called Obama.
Leaders of the House and Senate were at odds on Friday over the reasons for not reaching agreement.
Spending cuts and federal funding for the women's health organization emerged as key sticking points in comments throughout the day.
House Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that spending, not funding for women's health services was the main obstacle to an agreement.
There's only one reason that we do not have an agreement just yet, and that issue is spending, Boehner said.
In a Senate Floor speech earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Raid said Republicans were risking a government shutdown because they want to make it hard for women to get cancer screenings.
Reid said that negotiators had agreed $38 billion in cuts from current levels for the rest of fiscal year 2011 and a struggle over defunding sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate Planned Parenthood was the sticking point. The organization is the largest provider of abortions in the country.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been largely silent publicly in the previous weeks of negotiations on Friday said on the Senate floor that these are no un-resolvable issues.
He said he expected there will be an agreement here shortly.