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.