Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellHundreds of former EPA employees blast Trump on climate change Democrats must have a better response on net neutrality than simply 'no' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ky.) huddled with their members on Capitol Hill and hammered out the final details of a deal that could gain congressional approval before the end of the day.
Senate leaders indicated they would take the reins and vote first as GOP senators such as Ted CruzTed CruzCruz: Breaking up 9th Circuit Court ‘a possibility’ The Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Defense: Senators go to White House for North Korea briefing | Admiral takes 'hit' for aircraft carrier mixup | Lawmakers urged to beef up US missile defense MORE of Texas said he would not stand in the way of quick passage.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) is expected to put the Senate agreement — extending the debt ceiling to Feb. 7 and opening the government until Jan. 15 — on the floor Wednesday.
"The Speaker will bring that bill to the House floor," Rep. Kevin BradyKevin BradyGOP chairman: Trump and House Republicans have '80 percent common ground' on taxes Not too shabby: Trump tax plan nails corporate rate, errs on income Overnight Finance: Inside Trump's tax plan | White House mulls order pulling out of NAFTA | New fight over Dodd-Frank begins MORE (R-Texas) told Bloomberg television Wednesday morning.
The bill will allow President Obama to retain his power to use so-called extraordinary measures to preserve the ability of the government to pay its bills once it reaches the debt limit. The Treasury Department told Congress in May that the nation had hit the debt limit and it would be implementing thos measures.
The situation looked bleak on Tuesday night after House Republicans failed to garner enough votes for their latest plan, throwing the negotiations back to the Senate, where progress had been made earlier this week.
The pending deal also would create a budget conference designed to find replacement cuts for sequestration. The group of chosen members would have to report back by mid-December.
The credit rater Fitch said on Tuesday that the United States is on watch for a possible downgrade.
This posted was updated at 12:50 p.m.