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Cruz led House Republicans in shutting down the government for more than two weeks in order to reform and delay parts of ObamaCare. Some Senate Republicans criticized that move because it lasted long enough to risk economic default, which the administration says will occur Thursday.

Ayotte’s remarks came moments after Senate leaders Harry ReidHarry ReidOPINION | 5 ways Democrats can win back power in the states THE MEMO: Trump's base cheers attacks on McConnell It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump’s isolation grows Ellison: Trump has 'level of sympathy' for neo-Nazis, white supremacists Trump touts endorsement of second-place finisher in Alabama primary 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.