US Shutdown: No Decision After Budget Talks
The US President and Republican leaders remain at odds over how to end the partial government shutdown or whether to raise the nation's debt limit.
Barack Obama met 20 House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner, at the White House for talks lasting about 90 minutes.
No specific agreement was reached, although a White House spokesman said the President "looks forward to continued progress with members on both sides".
A Republican spokesman described the meeting as "useful and productive".
The talks came after Mr Boehner proposed a six-week extension to the US debt ceiling in return for the President's promise to negotiate over budget issues including the health care plan dubbed Obamacare.
It would have allowed the US government to borrow money until November 22, potentially averting an unprecedented federal default that could occur as early as October 17.
Negotiations will continue over the length of the proposed increase, a senior House Republican aide told the Reuters news agency.
Speaking before the meeting, Mr Boehner said: "It's time for leadership. It's time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin.
"What we want to do is to offer the President today the ability to move a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in agreement to go to conference on the budget."
The Treasury Department has said it would be unable to pay all of its bills if the $16.7 trillion (£10.4 trillion) debt ceiling is not raised before next Thursday.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has warned that US failure to raise its debt ceiling would cause serious harm to the global economy.
The shutdown began after Congress failed to pass a bill to temporarily fund the federal government, resulting in hundreds of thousands of federal employees stopping work.
The measure is normally routine but has become entangled in Republican demands for delays or amendments to Mr Obama's health care overhaul and reduced government spending.