Wicker – Deal to end shutdown, debt ceiling debate close

Senators from both parties said Monday they are hopeful their chamber can strike a deal to reopen the government and raise the federal government’s debt limit by Thursday.

“The fact is Senate Democrats and Republicans are talking,” Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska Democrat, told MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown.”

Similarly, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi said he likes the “outlines” of a plan put forward by Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, that would reopen the government and extend the debt limit for a few months while delaying the medical device tax tied to Obamacare.

“I think we’re in the ballpark there,” Mr. Wicker said.

But if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to exceed the spending caps set by the sequester deal in 2011, Mr. Wicker said, “we are indeed in for a long siege.”

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