(AP) A key Republican senator says talks between a group of eight Senate Republicans and the White House over how to strike a bipartisan budget agreement are not yielding a deal.
Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee voiced frustration with the talks shortly after he and his Republican colleagues met Thursday with senior aides to President Barack Obama. Among those in the White House meeting was Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough.
Corker says, quote, "It's pretty evident that there's no common ground right now."
The group of eight Republicans includes Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. It last met at the White House four weeks ago.
The senators have been trying to find ways to avoid automatic spending cuts that would trim domestic and defense spending.