Budget deal? Big obstacles, New Year's deadlineDecember 5, 2013 @ 2:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) - New obstacles are showing up for congressional negotiators who are seeking to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs.
House Democrats are insisting on a new round of extended jobless benefits, and conservatives are balking at raising fees on airline tickets to pay for TSA agents. GOP leaders, meanwhile, are preparing a backup plan for averting another government shutdown in January if there's no budget deal by then.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi declared on Thursday that her party's lawmakers, in her words, "cannot, cannot support a budget agreement that does not include unemployment insurance."
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