Key GOP Senator Says Budget Talks Aren’t Yielding A Deal

A key GOP senator says talks with the White House aren’t producing a budget agreement.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. (File)

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2013)—U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., says talks between a group of eight Senate Republicans and the White House over how to strike a bipartisan budget agreement are not yielding results.

Corker voiced frustration with the talks shortly after he and his Republican colleagues met Thursday with senior aides to President Barack Obama including Mr. Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough.

"It's pretty evident that there's no common ground right now,” Corker said.

The group of eight Republicans, which includes U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., last met at the White House four weeks ago.

The senators have been trying to find ways to avoid automatic spending cuts that would trim domestic and defense spending.


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