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December 10th, 2013
04:41 PM ET

Ryan says budget negotiators are closing in on deal

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican involved in budget talks, told reporters Tuesday that negotiators were closing in on a deal with a Friday deadline for doing so fast approaching.

"We're making really good progress. We're getting close. Don't have a timeline for you," Ryan said.

Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray have spent the past two months working on a budget agreement that would set government spending levels and replace the automatic spending cuts scheduled to hit early next year.

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