Ayotte’s remarks came moments after Senate leaders Harry ReidHarry ReidSpokesman: NY Times ignored Reid's comments in pre-election story on Russia Senate passes dozens of bills on way out of town Staff shakeup begins at Dem campaign committee MORE (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSchumer calls for Senate probe into Russian interference Senate passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown Senate advances funding measure, avoiding shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) announced a bipartisan fiscal deal.
The Senate bill would end the shutdown, fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. It also calls for a budget conference between the House and Senate that would have to report back by Dec. 15 and requires stricter income verification for recipients of ObamaCare subsidies. Both the House and Senate are expected to vote on the bill Wednesday evening.
Ayotte said she hopes Republicans will focus their future negotiations on reducing the debt, rather than repealing ObamaCare — although she does oppose the law.