Corker says Senate leaders on verge of deal

Corker says Senate leaders on verge of deal
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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerPoll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it Ford opens door to testifying next week Police arrest nearly two dozen Kavanaugh protesters MORE (R-Tenn.) said leadership is on the verge of a deal to avert a government shutdown with less than an hour to go. 

"We're down to a difference of literally three or four days," he said. 

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Both options being discussed, according to Corker, would keep the government funded past President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE's State of the Union. 

Corker said he expected the agreement could be reached before the midnight deadline to keep the government open. 

The potential deal is a stark turnaround after Democrats emerged from a caucus meeting with a glum outlook about the chances of keeping the government open. 

It also comes after Democrats, with the help of some Republican senators, voted against the House-passed bill to fund the government through mid-February.