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Jerry Lewis

Talk on spending sought with Bush

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have asked for a meeting with President Bush to see if they can work out an agreement on spending bills for the fiscal year that begins in 10 weeks. But lawmakers from both parties said they see no obvious way to overcome the stalemate with the White House.

The House has passed eight of the 12 regular appropriations bills for 2008, and Bush threatened to veto five of them on the grounds that they called for "an irresponsible and excessive level of spending."

As the House took up another spending bill yesterday, dealing with transportation and housing programs, the White House issued...