Lawmakers close to a breakthrough on budget deal that would avoid another government shutdown next year and provide relief for sequestration cuts, congressional aides from both parties say - @HuffPostPol
President Obama: FBI's mission keeps expanding, but spending cuts from sequester hurt ability to function properly; 'least we can do' make sure you have resources you need to do your jobs and that its not disrupted by politics - @WestWingReport, @markknoller
Sen. John McCain distances himself from comments made about Kentucky dam earmark; 'I do not believe that Senator McConnell was responsible for the 'anomaly' earmark for the Olmsted Dam project in last night's budget deal' - @SenJohnMcCain
After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days, the U.S. House and Senate passed a bill on Oct. 16, 2013, to fund the federal government through Jan. 15 and extend the government’s borrowing power, known as the debt ceiling, through Feb. 7.
The bill also sets up a budget conference between the House and Senate to work on a broader deficit-reduction compromise. - NBC News