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(AP) The dollar is rising against the euro as traders wait to see if lawmakers will reach a budget deal before a deadline at the end of the year.

If a deal isn't reach in time, a series of steep tax increases and government spending cuts are set to kick in Jan. 1.

The euro fell to $1.3220 in afternoon trading from $1.3242 late Friday.

The British pound rose to $1.6163 from $1.6108.

The dollar rose to 86.11 Japanese yen from 86.02 Japanese yen.

The dollar was unchanged at 0.9133 Swiss franc.

Trading was light with many market participants out on vacation between Christmas and New Year's.

Associated Press
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