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Republicans walk out of debt ceiling talks, say White House isn’t being ‘reasonable’


WASHINGTON — High-stakes talks over raising the debit limit abruptly came to a halt Friday on Capitol Hill, after Republican negotiators walked out of the room and blamed the White House for holding up discussions. “Until people are willing to have reasonable conversations about how you can actually move forward and do the right thing, then we’re not gonna sit here and talk to ourselves,” Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., told reporters.”We decided to press pause because it’s just not productive,” he added. Graves said he did not know if talks would resume this weekend.”There are real differences between the parties on budget issues and talks will be difficult,” a White House spokesperson told NBC News after the talks broke up. “The President’s team is working hard towards a reasonable bipartisan solution that can pass the House and the Senate.”Financial markets dipped on the news, which came after a positive week of talks that appeared to signal a deal was close.Yet as more details of a potential deal have come into focus this week, opposition to any compromise has grown among blocs of both conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats in Congress.Any deal to raise o …

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