House Democrat says budget deal "very close"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said on Friday that budget negotiators were “very close” to a deal to avoid a shutdown of the federal government.

“There’s no deal yet unfortunately,” Hoyer told NBC’s Today show program as negotiators worked furiously to reach agreement. “I think we’re very close. I think we’ve come 70 percent of the way in terms of dollars. That’s a long way to go in trying to reach compromise.”

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Vicki Allen)

House Democrat says budget deal "very close"