WASHINGTON — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local):
The top Democrats in Congress say a meeting to try to forge a bipartisan budget deal was "positive and productive."
The rosy assessments came Wednesday after a Capitol meeting between White House representatives and the top leaders in Congress. Republicans also issued a statement expressing hope that "further discussions will lead to an agreement soon."
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California said after the session with White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and senior GOP lawmakers that "all parties have agreed to continue discussing a path forward to quickly resolve all of the issues ahead of us."
Those issues including increasing spending for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies, immigration and border enforcement, disaster aid, and renewal of an expired children's health insurance program.