Washington Post

High-stakes budget talks begin as deadline approaches

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

WASHINGTON - A showdown in Washington over government spending kicked off Wednesday with a high-level gathering between congressional leaders and the White House that previewed the broader fight likely to consume Washington for much of January.

The meeting between the four highest-ranking members of Congress and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney marked the initial round in an effort by Democrats and Republicans to make sure their top priorities are funded...

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