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Senate Dem. Announces Deal to End Government Shutdown

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Sen. Harry Reid walks to his office Wednesday morning Sen. Harry Reid walks to his office Wednesday morning

WASHINGTON (AP) - Speaker Boehner says House won't block vote on bipartisan Senate deal on budget.

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has announced a bipartisan deal to avoid default and end the federal government shutdown. 

The deal would reopen the government through January 15th and increase the nation's borrowing authority through February 7th.

The U.S. Senate reconvened Wednesday with expectations that congress would announce a deal to end the protracted government shutdown and avert default just hours before the United States was set to hit its debt limit.

When Reid opened the session Wednesday morning, he said he was waiting for his Republican counterpart, GOP leader Mitch McConnell to join him as House and Senate leaders try to thread a procedural needle to hasten passage of the legislation.

Senate leaders jump-started negotiations over a compromise bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling late Tuesday after House Republicans' efforts to pass their own alternative crumbled.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz says he won't delay a vote on the bipartisan budget deal.

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