Washington (CNN) - Note to anyone watching the high-stakes, trillion-dollar budget talks in Washington: you can take a break from constantly checking for a deal. Senior Republican and Democratic aides tell CNN that the two leaders running negotiations have left Washington for the weekend and any agreement is not expected until next week.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has returned to Wisconsin and Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray is in Washington state, the aides confirm.
The sources insist that talks have continued to be positive, with one Democratic aide close to the negotiations telling CNN that both sides think the final items in question are "bridgeable".
Murray and Ryan lead a budget conference committee that has until Dec. 13 to set the spending level for the federal government. If they fail, it would set off another potential budget showdown. Current government funding runs out in January near the same time as billions in new budget cuts are set to hit.
Can I get a shutdown?!
Establishment and moderate Republican lawmakers should not let Tea Partiers and coservative purists hold the American people hostage on the budget issue.
Ted Cruz ,
Stand your ground or Green Eggs an Ham ?
This isn't likely to get done, at all.
"And the two leaders have left Washington for the weekend..." How about they keep their butts right there, work Christmas Day if necessary, and take care of the People business like they were elected to do. Simply ridiculous these people get away with doing absolutely nothing.
Nothing like heading home for a long weekend to avoid having to do the job you were elected to do.
No news is good news, huh?
I'm sure the Democrats will cave and restore funding for the purchase of unnecessary military hardware at the expense of those who actually risk their lives for us. The Democrats will also allow continued cuts to social programs so the rich can keep their unneccesar tax breaks. What a spineless group
I will bet that Congress will be unable to put any kind of realistic budget in place. Why, do they really know the financial numbers, the cash flow of running our govt? Bet not on that one! As to cuts and increasing taxes, you have got to have both now not just one of these two. I could suggest cuts that would not affect anyone living here, but what is the point no one would even listen to me. So stupid is as stupid does, Forest Gump.
I would hope that they get closer to Murray rather than Ryan because he would cut all social welfare programs which people need. Many people need the services because the wealthy won't fund the non-governmental social welfare organizations like food banks and medical clinics.
Both of them should have stayed in washington and got the deal done instead of leaving,hear we go again same b.s. Different day
It does no good to point out that that some among us believe that that these crumbs are the biggest bunch of do nothings in the world. Some among us believe they are just peachy keen if they belong to the same party that's got them brainwashed.
oh come on
fund the presudent's budget
Oh boy! We will be told that they did not have enough time to get he deal done. Congress will remain a do-nothing Congress. Congressman Ryan is going to run for President and he will not want anything interfering with that. Of course, both sides will blame each other and we will again hear them play the blame game. We will stupidly elect them all again.
Ryan will have to school Murray on how a budget works. She is not the brightest bulb in the socket....Take it from a Washington State citizen that knows.
Our reps are riddle through with "NOT representing We the People". They belong strictly with big business. The old saying is "when you put your feet under my table, then you do what I say". The Republicans are more guilty than the Demos but that's not saying a lot.
This is what happens when there's no actual budget, year after year after year.
Again same old sabotage by GOP thugs, I pity these animals in congress. Only way out is get rid off these thugs.
Or next week or the week thereafter.
repos better not put us in a hole again. Or they are toast
Stand your ground on No Cuts to Social Security Dems. Shame on the GOP.
Thomas, I agree whole heartedly. Does everyone know that the "TEA Party" main theme is "Taxed Enough Already." Kind of makes one wonder why there are so many people against it doesn't it.
And when its all over, all of us feds will take a paycut after a 3 year pay freeze. And the talk of furloughs for 2014 has already begun
Fair is fair
For once I agree with you! And when American moms are paying $8-12 for a gallon of milk it'll spell the end of the rethug party for good! WooHoo!