Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says starting talks with Obama on two-year budget deal
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) speaks to the media while flanked by Senators John Barrasso (L) and John Cornyn, September 22, 2015 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo/Mark Wilson)

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that he and departing House Speaker John Boehner will soon launch negotiations with the White House to try to reach a two-year budget deal that covers the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.

"We'd like to settle the top line (spending level) for both years so that next year we can have a regular appropriations process," McConnell told reporters in the Capitol. "The president and Speaker Boehner and I spoke about getting started in the discussions last week and I would expect them to start very soon."

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)