Manchin: Senate Is ’70, 80 Percent’ To A Deal (VIDEO)


Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Monday that the upper chamber is very close to striking a deal that will increase the debt limit and re-open the shuttered government.

Manchin said that a group of six Democrats and six Republicanshave established a “template” for a deal.

“Well, basically, the template, I think we’re 70, 80 percent there, putting the extra 20, 25 percent to it,” Manchin said on CNN’s “New Day.” “When should the (continuing resolution) come due, when should the debt ceiling come due, and does that give that time for the budget conference, the budget committees to sit down and work through this? So, those are the details that have to be worked out.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday that he’s “cautiously hopeful, optimistic” that Democrats and Republicans can reach an agreement before the United States reaches the debt ceiling on Thursday. 



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