Better Prospects for Small-Scale Budget Deal
Chances for a small-scale budget deal that would ease automatic spending increases in 2014 are reportedly improving. Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray is going to return to Washington next week - while the Senate is still on recess - to continue negotiations. Aides on both sides of the aisle that are familiar with the talks have told reporters there's been progress - though no agreement yet. Reports are that Murray and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan appear to be focused on proposals left over from the 2011 deficit supercommittee and earlier efforts by Vice President Joe Biden.
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