Obama, congressional leaders hold White House talks over government shutdown

President Barack Obama gestures during a statement on the government shutdown in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders began a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, a White House officia
President Barack Obama gestures during a statement on the government shutdown in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders began a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, a White House official said, as they tried to find a way to end a government shutdown. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders began a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, a White House official said, as they tried to find a way to end a government shutdown.

In the meeting were House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Washington Republican, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the top Democrat, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.