(WASHINGTON -- Amid the saber-rattling on Capitol Hill, there are at least glimmers of optimism about a potential breakthrough before the midnight deadline for a government shutdown.
On Friday, Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, told ABC News that while “every billion is important” in the negotiations, both sides are making “progress” and appear likely to resolve their differences in time.
“Surely we'll be able to reach an agreement,” said Sessions, R-Ala. “But, you know, when you negotiate you don't start negotiating with yourself. You don't start backing off the numbers that you believe in. So you negotiate as hard as you can.”
Sessions also warned that plenty of funding fights are still ahead in Congress: “This is just the beginning. This is the end of this fiscal year. We've got next year's budget. We've got the debt limit we've got to work our way through. We need to continue to fight every day to bring down spending.”
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