US House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to key elements of
a 2014 budget resolution, but it is far from clear they have enough
votes to pass it.
Defense and congressional sources seemed
confident a budget conference committee led by House Budget Committee
Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would reach an accord by Dec. 6.
as one day faded into the next, it became clear that striking even a
“small” two-year spending deal that both parties could support would
prove as difficult as every other attempt to fashion a spending and
deficit measure since President Barack Obama took office and
conservative tea party Republicans joined the House.
have a deal,” said Gordon Adams, who ran national defense budgeting for
the Clinton administration, “but whether or not it can pass is a very
different question – and a very interesting one.”
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