- US Senate leaders are saying they are close to reaching a deal to put an end to the government shutdown and raise the debt limit. This would get another round of talks started until early 2014, and would revisit sequestration constraints. The Senate still needs to finalize and pass a bill, then send it back to the House where the fate of a watered-down compromise remains uncertain at best. This puts pressure on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to work out a deal palatable to House conservatives.
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