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Negotiators seek modest budget agreement

$65 billion in cuts could be restored

FILE - This Oct. 17, 2013 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Bipartisan budget negotiators are working toward a modest budget agreement to replace tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts this year and next with longer-term savings and revenue from increased fees. Ryan and Murray are hopeful of striking an agreement as early as Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/ Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE - This Oct. 17, 2013 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Bipartisan budget negotiators are working toward a modest budget agreement to replace tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts this year and next with longer-term savings and revenue from increased fees. Ryan and Murray are hopeful of striking an agreement as early as Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/ Scott Applewhite, File)

Republican and Democratic negotiators reached out for a budget agreement yesterday to reduce automatic spending cuts aimed at programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, risking a backlash from liberals and conservatives that highlighted the difficulty of compromise within divided government.

Officials said that under the emerging agreement, an estimated $65 billion in automatic spending cuts would be restored through the end of the next budget year, which runs to Sept. 30, 2015.

The increases would be offset by a variety of spending reductions and increased fees elsewhere in the budget totaling about $85 billion over a decade, enough for a largely symbolic $20 billion reduction in the nation’s $17 trillion debt.

Among them is a requirement for federal workers to make larger contributions to their own pensions, as well as an increase in a federal security fee that would add $5 to the cost of a typical round-trip flight.

“We’re not there yet but we are working out details and I’m hopeful,” Sen. Patty Murray told reporters at midday as she walked into a meeting with fellow Senate Democrats. The Washington state lawmaker, who is is her party’s negotiator in talks with Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, said she hoped to be able to announce an agreement by day’s end.

The officials who described the deal under discussion did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to speak on the record.

The same was not true of conservative organizations, who attacked the proposal as a betrayal of a hard-won 2011 agreement that reduced government spending and is counted as among the main accomplishments of Tea Party-aligned Republicans who came to power earlier the same year in the House.

Reply to Tillie.....here is the article in question...please point out my "horrible remarks"...http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/9220584-95/katy-burns-cyber-bullies....seriously...!! Point them out ...

Never going to happen GWTW. I have asked Tillie many times to address what I have posted and she refuses to. She assumes and accuses.

I am sorry GWTW that you are taking my post so personally as I was referring to a few people on this site. I have noticed before how thin skinned some of you people are but not when you are dishing it out. Actually I was referring to the tenor of the remarks on this site constantly, and as I say I could feel myself being pulled into the muck and just needed to stop for a while. So rest easy you are not any worse than the rest of us.

How else should one take your posts Tillie? You mention names and accuse folks of horrible remarks. Has nothing to do with being thin skinned. When you accuse folks and assume, they will respond. It is called setting the tone. They call that putting folks on the defensive, to avoid discussing the issue.

Horrible remarks?? You mean like your horrible remarks that got removed on the letter from the lady who said Obama was hurting the middle class? Didnt you strongly imply she was a fraud, and isnt that cyberbullying?

I really don't know what you are talking about, I have never had any remarks removed that I know of. The point is, this tit for tat that you all get involved in is mind numbing and I don't want to be part of it. Bruce and some others make interesting points.but a lot of you just wait for a chance to do a "gotcha" moment on Obama or a Dem., with no real point to make. Cyberbullying? If that is cyberbullying then we are all guilty of it

I also would like a list of the horrible remarks I make. Many on this forum make valid points that are ignored by the left. The points are not debated by many, but instead are met with name calling and assumptions. I do not agree with the tone many use on this forum from both parties. The problem is that the left cannot handle it when President Obama is criticized for his policies, many of which have been failures. He is the only President that should have a pass from being evaluated. And he has been protected by the media, and his supporters all respond with the same talking points when he is criticized. The issue is about how this country is run and decisions about it. The left seem to care more about President Obama as opposed to what his policies are doing. Not sure why he is exempt from being judged on the job he is doing. Makes no sense.

GWTW is correct. The entire string of comments was removed from the "Obama hurting the middle class" letter. In fact, I reported it because it was very distasteful. The letter writer was being accused of several things and it turned out that there are multiple people with that same name living in Concord. Katy's article pointed out conservative or other posters but it turned out that many of the progressive carpers posting here acted like the judge, jury and executioner of a senior citizen who was bold enough to post her opinion in a letter to the editor. You folks call for names to be used, yet you demonstrated why no one would want to use their name posting here. You and others ravaged an innocent person. I think that you should be ashamed. But I expect that you don't really care.

Well, no one is perfect. But the "selfie" was fair game as that is not something that should be done at a funeral. It shows a lack of dignity, class, maturity, stature. Period.

It had almost slipped my mind for a moment, but I do remember how all you right wingers piled on the lady from Portsmouth whose only crime was to write about signing on for Obamacare. Everything about her was scrutinized and she was basically called a shill and a liar. So climb down from that high horse you guys are always on.

Of course the Republicans are now willing to compromise. 2014 is an election year. After which they will be back to obstruction and the dismantling of the middle class.

One could also state that about Dems. Many of them are up for reelection also. The issues with the ACA and the impact it is having on folks, makes Dems very vulnerable.

The issue is not about winning an argument. I did notice that you called it an argument instead of a debate. I also noticed that none of the president's admirers were able to debate the issue. Instead they attacked the folks who brought the issue up. It has become pretty evident that denial and trying to shut down discussion with the folks who disagree with you is still the tactic used by the left. That to me is just a way of trying to get folks who disagree with you to leave, you put them on defensive by attacking them personally, instead of addressing what they say. I still have not figured out if the folks who practice this, do it on purpose, or if they just respond emotionally because they have no clue what is going on in Washington.

Rather amused at the comments, they all missed the fact that Democrats and Republicans actually worked together and reached a compromise. My favorite bit of news was left out of the story tho, the fact that -"years of growing friction between the Republican Party leaders and its Tea Party faction has erupted into what one conservative said today was "full-scale civil war."" Sorry not from a mindless blog but: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/republicans-tea-party-activists-full-scale-civil-war/story?id=21194296. Looks like the honeymoon is over...... I think I may have misjudged Rep. Paul Ryan rather badly. Let's see here, so far I have grown to like Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Ryan, I don't like Rep. Kuster and the jury is still out on Marilinda Garcia. So how can I be a leftist socialist tool, perhaps supporting people for their actions and not their party designation should be looked into again. Oh, I forgot that would mean people would have to think for themselves again instead of following like sheep. May be too much to ask.

I saw Sen Murray and Sen Ryan on TV last night. I was very impressed with both of them. You make a lot of good points GCarson. It is very difficult to find a pol in either party that is not extreme and is willing to work with the other party. Anytime you take any agenda to the extreme we all gain nothing but two parties locking horns to see who can come out on top. The TP started out with good intentions in my opinion, but the fact that they were portrayed by the left as racist, and gun loving idiots, to me pretty much made them get angry and thus losing any chance of compromise. But I also have to state that the left was not into compromising either. Their campaign to classify all Reps as mean, racist and greedy, did a lot to divide us by the size of our wallets, gender, and our politics. I do think the President should have put a stop to this, but instead he alienated many of the folks in this country. he still gives the impression that he is not the President of all the people, just the folks who voted for him. And I also believe President Obama has not addressed the issues in the black communities. Specifically poverty and crime.

Lets see if the Party of Spend, Spend ,Spend, will ask for more spending and less cuts to programs.

If you were referring to the restoration of the $65 billion, those were cuts that nobody wanted on either side in the first place.

Whoops, The President is caught doing a selfie at the service for Mandela. Not appropriate at all. But I will assume the press will give him a pass like they always do. He obviously has no worries the press will turn against him.

Just couldn't wait to get on the old computer to jump on Obama, without even finding out the facts. Obviously frp, Fox News they didn't give you the true story. Have they ever? This is exactly how misinformation spreads by people like you who just can't wait to .say anything negative about Obama. I hope you sent a post to a Danish paper and an English one about their heads of state being inappropriate at a CELEBRATION for Mandela. Now catch up on the sleep you missed.

Again and again Tillie is proven wrong by FACTS: HEADLINE from liberal Bluffington Post: Obama Takes Selfie With World Leaders At Mandela Memorial, And Michelle Is Having None Of It .... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/10/obama-selfie_n_4419349.html

FYI Tillie, I got the info from CNN. Again, I read several medias. What about this is misinformation? It is a photo. I could care less what Cameron does or the Danish Head of State. I live in America. Not sure what your snarky remark about me getting some sleep means. I do not usually sleep in the middle of the day. Why not address what I said? You seem to not want to do that. You take the out that folks just want to criticize the President not his policies or his behavior. Do you hold that same opinion about the folks who criticize a Republican President? Or is it just Dem Presidents that should never be criticized? Inquiring minds want to know.

FINALLY A CHRISTMAS in which the democrats under NObama agree to their 1st budget in 4 years. Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause.

Lets see if the Party of No will agree to this budget before you start celebrating.

You must mean NObama and the famous Harry the "NO" Reid...HEADLINES: Harry Reid: We Will Not Negotiate with Republicans : http://www.1800politics.com/harry-reid-will-negotiate-republicans/

tillie you may as well just give up. This is one person you can never win an argument with. Like his link to that blog he used out of context. Can be entertaining tho....

I did give up for a while around Thanksgiving. After reading Katy Burns article and the horrible remarks by Sail, Rabbit, GWTW and the rest, I realized I did not want to become like them. I do have interesting discussions on other websites with intelligent people of different political stripes that don't generate into name calling. But sometimes I forget myself and I just wondered how long before someone mentioned the "selfie" and which one it one be. My money was on GWTW, but Rabbit was a close second.

Hard to beat FACTS isnt it?

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