The government shutdown in October ended with a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through mid-January. Part of that CR included the formation of a budget conference comprised of Democrat and Republican Senators and Representatives who were tasked with coming up with a budget deal by December 13. Monday, an initial deadline that had been set to come to an agreement about a top-line budget number, came and went with no such number emerging. Appropriators had set the December 2 mini-deadline, recognizing that the conferees would need more than a week to complete more detailed spending bills. Missing the deadline means it is unlikely their work will conclude with a final budget proposal by December 13. With very few days left in session before the end of the year, timing is crucial. Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-VA) are planning to continue negotiations this week, even though the Senate is currently not in session.
If a deal fails to come together, it is likely another CR will be necessary when both houses start their 2014 term.
Source: The Hill