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Congressional leaders meeting for budget talks
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two weeks after the government opens, congressional leaders will meet on Capitol Hill to begin budget talks.
House and Senate negotiators are sitting down Wednesday. They are trying to find a compromise on the budget. If they do, it'll be the first time in four years.
If they don't, more cuts to programs that help those in need could be coming.
The talks will be about ways to ease cuts to things like Social Security, Medicare, Head Start pre-schools and the Pentagon.
The hope is that the smaller- scale talks will lead to a bigger compromise and a balanced budget.
The long-delayed farm bill will take center stage Wednesday.
Top officials from the Senate and House Agriculture Committees have been meeting privately to work on a new five-year Farm Bill, which includes public nutrition and food aid programs.
Wednesday they will hold their first public meeting on the bill. They're facing a January 1st deadline to reach a deal. If they don't, there will be more cuts to food assistance programs and the price of things like milk will skyrocket.
The Farm Bill is important for already struggling families because it will set the prices for food and food assistance, and that's especially important right now as a boost in food stamps expires.