Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that they have reached a deal to reopen the federal government and avert a default on U.S. debt, according to several reports in national media outlets.
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., were still trying to assess the deal soon after rumors about it surfaced on Politico. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' office said that the congressman was a likely “no” vote, but he wants to see further details before making a final judgement.
“We’re waiting to see what will actually happen,” said Robert Jameson, spokesman for DesJarlais, referring to several rumored deals that ultimately went nowhere earlier this week.
Desjarlais’ position "has always been that he will not support any legislation that funds the Affordable Care Act or does not include a long-term plan to reign in debt," Jameson said.
The House of Representatives would move first on the deal that was negotiated by Reid and McConnell. It would fund the federal government until Jan. 15, and it would lift the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, according to Politico.
The offices of Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday afternoon the lawmakers were still waiting on further details before commenting on the deal.
Senate Republicans showed "remarkable unity" after McConnell briefed them on an overview of the deal, Politico reports.
The GOP will receive "virtually no concessions" in the Senate deal, the New York Times reports, other than minor adjustments to the way income verifications are conducted for people trying to get subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
This is a developing story, and updates will be made as information becomes available.
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