GOP resists naming negotiators for budget talks

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Posted: Apr 16, 2013 6:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans for years have criticized Democrats controlling the Senate for failing to pass a budget. But now that the Senate has passed its first budget in four years, it's Republicans in charge of the House who are dragging their feet on naming negotiators to iron out the gaping differences between the chambers.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan told "The Hill" publication Tuesday that Republicans only want to name negotiators when the framework of an agreement has already been pretty much worked out.

At issue are negotiations on the congressional budget resolution, a non-binding blueprint that sets goals for follow-up legislation.

What may really be motivating House Republicans is wanting to avoid a series of political votes that Democrats could force upon them soon after a negotiating panel is named.