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President Obama and House Republicans failed to reach a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling at a White House meeting Thursday night.

Both sides, however, described it as constructive and said talks would continue through the night.

“We had a useful meeting. We agreed to continue discussions,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said upon returning to the Capitol. “We will continue tonight and hopefully we will have a clearer path forward,”

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) brought to the White House an offer he presented to Republicans earlier in the day that would lift the debt ceiling for six weeks but keep the government shuttered while the parties negotiated a broader budget deal.

“The president didn’t say yes, he didn’t say no,” said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee.