WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton has agreed to a small across-the-board cut in agency spending, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said today, and Republicans hope to quickly complete bargaining on a near-$400 billion budget package.

Hastert had two late-night telephone calls with Clinton, who is in Turkey, finally agreeing with him on a 0.38 percent reduction in agency spending planned for this year. A fight over the proposal has the been the major remaining hindrance to completing a budget deal.

Two weeks ago, Clinton vetoed the GOP's proposed 1 percent cut as mindless and excessive. But Republicans looking for ways to pay for the budget package continued to insist on an across-the-board reduction to help nail down conservative votes.