October 15th, 2013
08:40 PM ET

Sen. Joe Manchin: A budget deal can happen in the Senate

A Republican plan to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling collapsed.

And now, sources in both parties tell CNN's Dana Bash that the ball is back in the Senate's court - just 2 days before this country could possibly default on the nation's debt for the first time ever.

A spokesman for Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid tells CNN: "Senator Reid and Senator McConnell have re-engaged in negotiations and are optimistic that an agreement is within reach."

OutFront: Democratic Senator Joe Manchin was an integral part of the deal-making in the Senate this week.

Filed under: Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown • News • Politics
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