NEW: Boehner Spox Says Obama, Speaker Talk by Phone 10/11/13
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner's office says the Ohio Republican spoke by phone with President Barack Obama Friday afternoon.
Spokesman Michael Steel said Obama and Boehner agreed "that we should all keep talking." But he said no additional details of their call would be released.
Obama met with Boehner and other GOP leaders at the White House on Thursday. Their staffs continued to talk into the night after the meeting on a possible deal to break their stalemate.
House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the 11-day partial government shutdown as part of a framework that would include cuts in benefit programs.
Republicans also seek changes in Obama's health care law.
BUDGET BATTLE-IMMIGRANT WORKERS
Shutdown puts businesses, foreign workers in limbo
WASHINGTON (AP) - The partial government shutdown has created yet another little-known consequence: high-skilled immigrant workers and the companies that employ them are in limbo.
Because the Labor Department's Office of Foreign Labor Certification is closed, applications for job changes or new hires are on hold.
Laura Foote Reiff is an immigration attorney in Northern Virginia. She says contractors whose projects are frozen during the shutdown face the dilemma of whether to furlough or fire foreign workers.
Because of the conditions of the high-skilled visas, even furloughed foreign workers have to be paid. If a company fires a visa holder, that firm has to start a long hiring process over.
The Labor Department said Friday that it could not answer questions about the issue because of the shutdown.