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Budget deal may signal era of tiny achievements
Lawmakers warn modest budget breakthrough may do little for immigration, other blocked issues
By CHARLES BABINGTON
Associated Press
2013-12-16 03:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Legislative leaders are calling the modest budget deal a bipartisan breakthrough even as they agree it does little.

But several Washington insiders warn against assuming that it will be followed by progress on other issues such as immigration reform.

Here's what Republican Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas says: "I don't think that's what this was about."

House approval of the budget deal marked a rare cease-fire between Democrats and Republicans. But the main purpose was to prevent a repeat of October's government shutdown.

Some activists say there's no obvious follow-up to what the White House calls a "good first step."

Some Republicans say the budget deal will just make it easier for them to focus criticism on their favorite target -- President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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