Glimmer of Hope Arises out of Shutdown

(Washington, D.C.) - The rough outlines of a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling emerged Monday as key senators huddled to hammer out the specifics of a possible compromise.

Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said they are closing in on an agreement to end a two-week-old government shutdown and stave off a default on the national debt come Thursday.

"We've made tremendous progress. Everyone just needs to be patient," Reid told colleagues on the Senate floor. "We hope that with good fortune and the support of all of you, recognizing how hard this is for everybody, that perhaps tomorrow will be a bright day. We are not there yet. We hope we will be."

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