Democratic leader Harry Reid says Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan deal to avoid default and end the government shutdown, now in its 16th day.
Reid made the announcement at the start of the Senate session on Wednesday.
The deal would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and increase the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.
Reid thanked Republican leader Mitch McConnell for working out an agreement.
Senator Joe Donnelly spoke with the media Wedesday afternoon. He says every day the government was shut down veterans, government employees and services to Americans were affected.
Now the bill must pass through the House and be signed by the president.
“I am hopeful cooler heads will prevail and it will pass through there today,” says Donnelly. “They can put a governing coalition together and have a house that can bring us forward.”