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Paul C. Broun

In new budget talks, each side has a motive to reach a deal

In new budget talks, each side has a motive to reach a deal

WASHINGTON — The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis. This time, though, the parties come to the table with serious incentives to reach a deal. Both want to make changes to mandatory budget cuts that kick in next year, slicing into Pentagon accounts that Republicans want to protect, and domestic programs, such as Head Start early education classes, that Democrats favor. But don't expect the kind of "grand bargain" once pursued by President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). Rather than a sweeping...

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