GOP Sen. Blunt is on the wires saying:
The GOP and Dems have been miles apart but have narrowed the price recently. The Pres. during his Townhall meeting last night spoke positively about a potential deal. Funny how a weaker than expected retail sales report may also act as a catalyst for a deal. US retail sales came in weaker than expected at 0.6%. Moreover the prior month was revised lower to 0.9%. The control group thought to be a measure of underlying consumer spending fell by -0.1% vs. 0.3% estimate. The prior month was also revised lower to 0.9% from 1.4%.