President Obama and House Republicans failed to reach a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling at a White House meeting Thursday night.

Both sides, however, described it as constructive and said talks would continue as Washington at long last appeared to be holding real negotiations to prevent a possible default on U.S. debt and end the 11-day shutdown.

A House GOP leadership aide said Friday that talks on the staff level would pick back up in the morning after no decisions were made overnight.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) on Friday morning described the discussions as a possible “breakthrough” and said the negotiations were encouraging.

“We had a useful meeting. We agreed to continue discussions,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said upon returning to the Capitol. “We will continue tonight and hopefully we will have a clearer path forward,”

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