Budget Deal Between Congress, White House Coming Into Focus

The broad contours of a two-year budget deal are coming into focus.

— -- Congressional leaders were confident enough in the broad outlines of a potential budget deal with the White House to update House and Senate members Monday night -– but some conservatives voiced concern over some of the details of the still-developing plan.

Pairing an unvarnished debt ceiling hike with a budget that includes proposed entitlement reforms could provide cover for Republicans to support raising the $18 trillion debt limit, which the government is set to hit next Tuesday, Nov. 3.

But conservatives -– who, like all members, want to review the details of the proposal when it is introduced in both chambers -—still have their concerns.

"Those of us who are on the conservative side of the party probably flinched a little bit," Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said after the Senate Republican meeting, citing concerns with how the proposal offsets new spending.

House hardliners left their conference meeting simmering over how the potential deal was reached.

"You could count on the fingers of one hand how many people were involved in this negotiation," said Rep. John Fleming, R-Louisiana, a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

"We're not just here to take commands," said Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, another member of the group.

"Cleaning out the barn," he told reporters as he walked into the briefing Monday night.

Hammering out a budget deal and debt ceiling hike would be quite the swan song for the Ohio Republican.

"I hope Paul Ryan will let us know how he feels about the process," Amash said.

The Wisconsin Republican, who members say did not speak in the meeting Monday evening, left the briefing without taking questions from reporters.

"[Ryan is] in favor of regular order, he's in favor of the Hastert rule -– the majority of the majority -- if you had those two things, you wouldn’t get this outcome," said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Virginia.

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