FILE - This Nov. 15, 2011 file photo shows Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of last year's failed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sure, the rich are going to pay higher taxes. But an upcoming budget deal may also mean higher airline ticket prices, phasing out Saturday mail delivery and added prescription drug costs for the military. Negotiators are also looking to claim cuts to farm subsidies and modest curbs to food stamps as they seek to accumulate savings toward a multi-trillion-dollar budget pact. "All this stuff is hard. There's nothing easy here," says Portman, R-Ohio, which sifted through a long roster of often arcane budget cuts and new fees. "But if everybody feels like everybody else is contributing, it makes it easier." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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FILE - This Nov. 15, 2011 file photo shows Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of last year's failed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sure, the rich are going to pay higher taxes. But an upcoming budget deal may also mean higher airline ticket prices, phasing out Saturday mail delivery and added prescription drug costs for the military. Negotiators are also looking to claim cuts to farm subsidies and modest curbs to food stamps as they seek to accumulate savings toward a multi-trillion-dollar budget pact. "All this stuff is hard. There's nothing easy here," says Portman, R-Ohio, which sifted through a long roster of often arcane budget cuts and new fees. "But if everybody feels like everybody else is contributing, it makes it easier."   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - This Nov. 15, 2011 file photo shows Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of last year's failed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sure, the rich are going to pay higher taxes. But an upcoming budget deal may also mean higher airline ticket prices, phasing out Saturday mail delivery and added prescription drug costs for the military. Negotiators are also looking to claim cuts to farm subsidies and modest curbs to food stamps as they seek to accumulate savings toward a multi-trillion-dollar budget pact. "All this stuff is hard. There's nothing easy here," says Portman, R-Ohio, which sifted through a long roster of often arcane budget cuts and new fees. "But if everybody feels like everybody else is contributing, it makes it easier." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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