U.S. House convenes to request budget talks with Senate


WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Just minutes before a U.S.government shutdown was to begin at midnight (0400 GMT), theRepublican-led House of Representatives convened to formallyrequest negotiations with the Democratic-led Senate.

Before House Republicans even gathered, Democrats rejectedproposed talks and said Republicans should instead give finalapproval to a Senate-approved bill to fund the governmentthrough Nov. 15.

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