Obama urges lawmakers to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
told Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress on Saturday
that time was running short to agree a budget deal and urged
both sides to avoid a government shutdown, the White House
said.

Obama made separate calls to John Boehner, the Republican
Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Harry Reid, the
Democratic Senate majority leader, to discuss progress on
agreeing spending cuts for this year, the White House said in a
statement.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Editing by Sandra Maler)

Obama urges lawmakers to avoid government shutdown