WASHINGTON -- Top budget officials in Congress and in the Bush administration appear to be getting closer on aggreing to rewrite the 1990 budget agreement to get additional cuts in defense and the deficit, as well as channeling more money into domestic programs.

House Budget Committee Chairman Leon Panetta, D-Calif., yesterday said he favors an attempt to go well beyond the agreement in budget negotiations next year to reduce the deficit by between $800 billion and $1 trillion over the next decade.

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