By: Tamara Keith and Renee Montagne
October 30, 2013
House and Senate negotiators start a conference on the budget Wednesday, with the goal of coming up with an agreement by Dec. 13. There's not much hope of a grand bargain that would put fiscal policy on a long-term sustainable path. But there could be something small. And in the short term, lawmakers must deal with the sequester and the stopgap spending bill, which runs out Jan. 15.
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