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WASHINGTON—President Obama is reaching out to Republicans, hoping to repair a frosty relationship and reach a deal on the budget.

While the GOP is warming to the president’s efforts, they’ll also be appealing to conservatives during a yearly political conference.

President Obama isn’t missing any opportunities this week to mend relations here on Capitol Hill.

He let voters in on that agenda during his weekly address.

President Obama said, “I’ll attend both the Democratic and Republican party meetings in the Capitol to continue those discussions.”

He says he is hoping to create a deal that softens those spending cuts that are already taking effect and solve another budget deadline less than a month away.

Sen. Tom Coburn, (R) Oklahoma, said, “I think the president’s tremendously sincere. I don’t think this is just a political change in tactic.”

Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan will unveil his own spending plan, which is unlikely to get bipartisan support.

Rep. Paul Ryan, (R) Wisconsin, said, “We think we should balance the budget. We have a spending problem not a taxing problem.”

Democrats are hoping the president’s efforts will leave Republicans ready to step toward the center.

This week, the Senate is also expected to unveil two spending plans; one to get the country through this year and another for next year.

Those budgets will likely show just how far both sides must bend to compromise.