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Reid, McConnell Restart Talks As House GOP Flames Out

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"Senator Reid and Senator McConnell have re-engaged in negotiations and are optimistic that an agreement is within reach," said Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid.

"Given tonight's events, the Leaders have decided to work toward a solution that  would reopen the government and prevent default," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell. "They are optimistic an agreement can be reached."

The two leaders had the makings of a deal before putting it on hold Tuesday in anticipation of possible House action.