Pryor says spending deal possible

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said Tuesday he is optimistic that Congress will come to an agreement and avoid $100 billion in automatic spending cuts in February.

Pryor also said he and others in the state's congressional delegation will be meeting with the Air Force chief of staff later this month when he visits the Arkansas National Guard's 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith in advance of base closure decisions.

Pryor said that "gridlock and dysfunction" created the fiscal cliff of automatic tax increases and steep budget cuts that loomed for months and was set to go into effect Jan. 1 without congressional action.

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