A new survey of CEOs from some of the nation`s biggest companies shows they are more optimistic about the U.S. economy over the next six months, and even expect to hire more workers. But the Business Roundtable representing chief executives at 200 large firms, still expects the economy to grow at a rate of just 2.2 percent next year. That is unchanged from previous surveys.
While those CEOs may have a rosier outlook on the economy, lawmakers in Washington appear to be doing their part. Reportedly, they are close to a deal on a federal budget. John Harwood has the latest from Washington.