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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., arrive at a Congressional Budget Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the aftermath of last month's partial government shutdown, House and Senate negotiators are trying to reach a budget agreement for next year and beyond. One goal is to soften automatic spending cuts that started to take effect this year known as sequestration. Those cuts are scheduled to get deeper in the coming year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)