Budget Talks Heat Up: Can Lawmakers Crack a Deal Before Debt Ceiling Deadline?

With the debt ceiling deadline looming over Congress, Democrats and Republicans appear to be inching closer together to a plan that would keep the country from spiraling into default. Both sides are expressing optimism that they can come together on a budget compromise that would reduce the country's deficit -- expected to reach $1.6 trillion this year -- and help earn the support of conservative lawmakers who say the debt ceiling should not be raised without spending cuts. Lawmakers say they...Full Story
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