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Mar 15, 2013 5:17 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

No word of budget breakthrough

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's no word of any breakthrough after President Barack Obama wrapped up separate meetings with Senate Republicans and House Democrats on trying to avert a government shutdown March 27.

Meanwhile, the two parties have advanced rival longer-term budgets in both houses.

The full Senate could vote next week on a Democratic blueprint that calls for roughly $1 trillion in new tax revenues over the coming decade and slight increases in spending.

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