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Obama: Republicans "Recognizing" Their Position Is Not Smart Is "Some Progress"

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think that there's been some progress on the Senate side with Republicans recognizing it's not tenable, it's not smart, it's not good for the American people to let America default. There's been some progress in recognizing that we're not going to be able to bridge the differences between the parties all at once. And so it doesn't make sense in the meantime to use a shutdown or the threat of default as leverage in negotiations. So, that's progress. But, obviously, until the details are done, until these folks are back to work, so they can volunteer on weekends during their free time as opposed to when we would like folks to be on the job -- you know, I'm going to be continuing to push Congress as hard as I can. We'll see this afternoon whether this progress is real.

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