WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was hopeful that congressional budget negotiators will finally cut a deal over federal budget before the Dec. 13 deadline.
"I'm hopeful that Paul Ryan and Patty Murray will come to a budget agreement that can pass both the House and the Senate," the top lawmaker told reporters at the Congress.
Ryan, the house budget committee chairman, and Murray, the senate budget committee chairwoman, were leading a 29-member bipartisan panel to discuss the budget plan for the current fiscal year starting on Oct. 1 and government spending cuts.
The negotiations began after a 16-day partial government shutdown and the panel have a Dec. 13 deadline to produce a plan.
"Paul Ryan came in today and gave us an update on where they were. I'm hopeful that they will be able to work this out, but there's clearly no agreement," Boehner said.
Boehner said that the House will recess on Dec. 13, noting that "I made it clear that the House is going to leave next Friday."
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