WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A possible breakthrough in the budget standoff could be reached by stripping a controversial family planning provision out of the spending negotiations and staging a separate vote on it, Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat, said on Friday.
"If we can separate out family planning, which I think we will do here, we'll find a way to have a separate vote on family planning so then we can go ahead and vote" on funding the government, Baucus told reporters.
The Senate Finance Committee chairman also said he thought "there will not be a (government) shutdown. At the 11th hour we're going to get an agreement."
(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Vicki Allen)