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Reed optimistic for full-year budget deal

With a federal budget deadline looming later this month, Rep. Tom Reed is crediting the work of the Problem Solvers Caucus for pushing Republican and Democratic lawmakers to forge agreements that would put an end to short-term deals to keep the government running.

“We want to have a full-year spending bill,” said Reed, R-23 of Corning, in his weekly call with reporters this past week. “We need to get this running appropriately.”

Reed pointed to an agreement by appropriations committee members in the House and Senate on allocations for 12 spending bills that could pave the way for negotiations on a budget accord by the Dec. 20 deadline.

“That is a very big deal,” said Reed. “Hopefully our statement broke the gridlock.”

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