By Vicki Needham - 10/16/13 04:09 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Wasserman Schultz fights to keep her job Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellRyan seeks to put stamp on GOP in Trump era Trump and Ryan to speak by phone Bill would require nominees to release tax returns 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 CruzEleven states sue Obama over transgender bathroom directive Poll: Clinton leads Trump in Wisconsin by double digits GOP senators propose sending ISIS fighters to Gitmo MORE of Texas said he would not stand in the way of quick passage.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return GOP senator: Reid's 'ramblings' are 'bitter, vulgar, incoherent' 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 BradyIRS doubted legality of ObamaCare payments, former official says Report: Pacific trade pact would boost growth, jobs and incomes Puerto Rico debt becomes constitutional fight on the right 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.