Senator Inouye expresses optimism on budget talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye on Wednesday expressed optimism that a deal could come soon on federal spending this year and thus avoid a partial government shutdown starting on Friday night.

“We’re moving” forward in negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, Inouye told Reuters. Asked if a deal could be sealed on Wednesday, Inouye responded, “No,” but added, “maybe” on Thursday.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Editing by Sandra Maler)

Senator Inouye expresses optimism on budget talks