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President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner talked about pending political battles before the congressional recess, but White House officials declined to detail the conversation.

Any contact between the two leaders could be critical, because they’re expected this fall to negotiate important budget deals, to clash over delays to Obamacare, and to kill or approve a controversial and transformative rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws.

“My sense is they spoke about a variety of the issues that are coming up for action by Congress,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.