House Appropriations Chairwoman Rep. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, offers some final remarks on the House floor during a discussion. Photo Credit: Mark Foley, Florida House of Representatives 7-4-11
House and Senate leaders said Monday that they had been talking informally through the weekend to reach an agreement on budget allocations, but they still need to resolve a few sticking points before a formal conference can begin.
House Appropriations Chairwoman Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, said the two chambers' positions appeared to be closer than in previous years and that negotiations are "fluid and ongoing." They have about one week from Tuesday to reconcile the House's $69.2 billion spending plan with the Senate's $70.8 billion proposal.
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