President Barack Obama was hopeful Tuesday that talks between Senate leaders would achieve legislation to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit before the US Treasury runs out of money, dpa reported.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, leader of the opposition conservative Republicans in the upper chamber, had yet to announce a deal.
"The president is pleased with the progress that we've seen in the Senate," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
"It is important to note that the process that's been undertaken in the Senate is bipartisan, that Senators Reid and McConnell have been engaging one another. Democrats and Republicans have been engaging on this issue."
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