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Speaker Boehner pushes for budget deal before leaving House

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Speaker Boehner pushes for budget deal before leaving House

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers are pushing to finalize a sweeping deal to fund the federal government before Speaker John Boehner leaves Congress at the end of this week. The delicate negotiations are aimed at dispensing with the thorniest issue awaiting Speaker-to-be Paul Ryan, set to be elected later this week. Congress also must raise the […]

Speaker Boehner pushes for budget deal before leaving House

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers are pushing to finalize a sweeping deal to fund the federal government before Speaker John Boehner leaves Congress at the end of this week.

The delicate negotiations are aimed at dispensing with the thorniest issue awaiting Speaker-to-be Paul Ryan, set to be elected later this week.

Congress also must raise the federal borrowing limit by Nov. 3 or risk a first-ever default.

The budget talks are separate but related. Money to pay for government operations runs out Dec. 11 unless Congress acts. Top House and Senate aides have been meeting with White House officials in search of a deal.

With time running out in Boehner’s tenure, congressional officials say he is pushing for a deal. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about confidential negotiations.

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