White House sees momentum on debt deal, but 'not close'

July 21, 2011 20:41

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Thursday it saw momentum for a "balanced" deficit deal, but it denied reports that US President Barack Obama and Republican House of Representatives speaker John Boehner were close to a pact.

The New York Times reported that the Obama administration had informed Democratic congressional leaders that Obama and Boehner were starting to close a "major budget deal" with substantial spending cuts and a tax overhaul.White House officials said the report was wrong.

"We are not close to a deal," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

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