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We're Going to Have a Deal: House Budget Chief

By Paul J. Weber
|  Tuesday, May 14, 2013  |  Updated 1:05 PM CDT
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We're Going to Have a Deal: House Budget Chief

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The budget chief in the Texas House says a deal with the Senate is imminent and that the Legislature shouldn't be pushed into a special session over spending.

Republican Jim Pitts said Tuesday "we're going to have a deal on everything."

Pitts says that includes $2 billion for water, which has been a priority this 140-day session for Gov. Rick Perry and Republicans and Democrats.

The apparent breakthrough comes less than a week after negotiations between the House and Senate stalled, raising the potential of a deal not being struck before the Legislature adjourns May 27.

Pitts says the money for a new state water fund will be pulled from the state's Rainy Day Fund.

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