Senate Optimistic About Budget Deal

Senate leaders say they're still optimistic they can present a bipartisan plan today to end the partial government shutdown and avert a possible U.S. default by raising the debt limit.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate leaders say they're still optimistic they can present a bipartisan plan today to end the partial government shutdown and avert a possible U.S. default by raising the debt limit.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has said if Congress doesn't act by tomorrow, the government will lose its ability to borrow money.

Pressured by the calendar, financial markets and public opinion polls, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are hoping to shake hands on an agreement and, if possible, hold votes by the end of the day.

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