No budget deal this week
December 5th, 2013
07:25 PM ET
12 months ago

No budget deal this week

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.


Filed under: Congress • Patty Murray • Paul Ryan
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Fair is fair

    Can I get a shutdown?!

    December 5, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Establishment and moderate Republican lawmakers should not let Tea Partiers and coservative purists hold the American people hostage on the budget issue.

    December 5, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Ted Cruz ,
    Stand your ground or Green Eggs an Ham ?

    December 5, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    This isn't likely to get done, at all.

    December 5, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    "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.

    December 5, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Steve

    Nothing like heading home for a long weekend to avoid having to do the job you were elected to do.

    December 5, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. simplyput

    No news is good news, huh?

    December 5, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. penguin

    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

    December 5, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. johnk

    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.

    December 5, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. S. B. Stein

    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.

    December 5, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Davidgillespie1954

    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

    December 5, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Kinard

    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.

    December 5, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. ladies first

    oh come on

    December 5, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. kelly

    fund the presudent's budget

    December 5, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  15. cbp

    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.

    December 6, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  16. CryBabies

    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.

    December 6, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  17. TJeff1776

    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.

    December 6, 2013 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  18. betterdays

    This is what happens when there's no actual budget, year after year after year.

    December 6, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    Again same old sabotage by GOP thugs, I pity these animals in congress. Only way out is get rid off these thugs.

    December 6, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  20. Roy

    Or next week or the week thereafter.

    December 6, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  21. wendel

    repos better not put us in a hole again. Or they are toast

    December 6, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  22. Name carl

    Stand your ground on No Cuts to Social Security Dems. Shame on the GOP.

    December 6, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  23. Kimki

    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.

    December 6, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  24. Jeremy

    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

    December 6, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  25. Malory Archer

    Fair is fair

    Can I get a shutdown?!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    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!

    December 6, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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