Obama to deliver statement at White House at 4:45 p.m. EDT (2045 GMT)

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obamawill deliver a statement to reporters on Monday at 4:45 p.m. EDT(2045 GMT) shortly before meeting with his Cabinet, the WhiteHouse said.

The statement comes as Washington hurtles toward agovernment shutdown with a stalemate between congressionalRepublicans and the president on a budget for the fiscal yearbeginning Oct. 1.

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