Reid says "not optimistic" about a budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he’s “not very optimistic” about reaching a budget deal to avert a government shutdown this weekend.

Reid made the comment to reporters after a meeting with fellow Senate Democrats, following talks earlier in the day at the White House with House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican. “I’m not very optimistic,” Reid said.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; editing by Eric Beech)

Reid says "not optimistic" about a budget deal