Obama encouraged by Republicans who oppose government shutdown

Obama answers questions from business leaders while at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama voiced optimism on Wednesday that a government shutdown can be avoided in coming weeks, pointing to comments from Republican leaders of Congress who oppose a budget showdown. In wide-ranging remarks at the Business Roundtable, Obama said he believed it is possible to get an agreement for comprehensive tax reform legislation next year with the new Republican Congress that takes power in January. Obama also said weakness in the economies in Japan and Europe could impact the U.S. economy. …

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