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Business, Labor Groups Outline Points of Agreement on Guest-Worker Program

While the devil will be in the details in terms of fleshing these principles out, our staffs have had very productive discussions with both sides this week, he said. We are very hopeful that an agreement can be reached on a specific proposal in the next few weeks.

During his regular press briefing Thursday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration is encouraged by the statement from the Chamber and AFL-CIO but sought to keep the pressure on the Senate group. Carney did not address the specifics of the statement, in keeping with the administrations efforts to stay out of the direct talks.

We think it represents the continuation of the progress weve seen, but were focused on the bill that the Senate hopefully will produce relatively soon as part of this bipartisan effort, he said.

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