NATION : Budget Talks Go 'Nowhere Fast'

From Times Wire Services

Congressional leaders and Administration officials said today they still have a wide gulf between them after three days of intensive talks that have yet to produce a deficit-cutting deal for next year.

The two sides held a fourth day of bargaining today at Andrews Air Force Base, 20 minutes from Washington. One official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was still "no movement" toward completing a pact.

White House and Democratic bargainers said they were frustrated the talks have not progressed further.

"I would say the talks are going nowhere fast," Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady said today on ABC's "Good Morning America."

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