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White House calls for Tuesday budget meeting

From NBC's Athena Jones
With a Friday deadline looming for negotiators, President Barack Obama has invited key House and Senate leaders to the White House for a Tuesday meeting to discuss the budget.

House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and congressional appropriations committee heads Sen. Dan Inouye and Rep. Hal Rogers are invited to the sit-down, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Monday.

Carney said Obama will urge congressional leaders to reach a final agreement before the April 8 funding deadline in order to avoid a government shutdown.