Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has said he is "inclined" to support the bill. His vote could put it over the top.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has said he is "inclined" to support the bill. His vote could put it over the top. AP
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has said he is "inclined" to support the bill. His vote could put it over the top. AP

Budget negotiations open with happy talk but firm positions

October 30, 2013 06:02 PM

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