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Pryor expects Senate deal Tuesday

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) said he expects the Senate and White House to announce a deal Tuesday that could pass the upper chamber by Wednesday. 

Pryor said he and a group of a dozen lawmakers drafted the framework of the Senate deal with the intent of gaining as many as 80 votes to put pressure on the House to act. 

“It should have bipartisan support in the House,” he said. “And one of the goals we really set out in our group is, we said, 'Look, we don’t want 60 votes. We want to get 70, 75, 80 votes on this if we possibly can because we think that really puts pressure on the House to get this passed.' ” 

A deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling in the Senate has rolled into a larger plan that would call for small ObamaCare changes and the formation of a conference committee to replace sequestration cuts.  

Pryor said he is hopeful the House would take up the potential deal but cautioned that a group of House Republicans has been acting "childish" in budget negotiations. 

“I don’t want to say this about the entire Republican Party, but some Republicans, quite honestly, are acting childish about all of this,” he said. “And they almost want a shutdown; they want to see us break the debt ceiling, very irresponsible. I don’t think that is where most of the Republicans are, but they are allowing that smaller group to drive the train, and that is one of the real problems we have here in Washington.” 

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the head of the Republican Study Committee, said he would reserve judgment until the Senate passes a measure, noting that other potential deals have fallen apart. 

“The details keep changing by the day,” he said on CNN. “There were about two deals over the weekend that seemed close, then it seemed like Harry Reid blew them up at the last minute.”

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