U.S. Senate leaders have agreed a on deal acceptable to the White House to end the government shutdown and temporarily raise the nation's debt ceiling, with almost all healthcare provisions stripped out. The deal would fund the government at current levels through Jan. 15, continuing the budget sequestration, and extend federal borrowing authority through Feb. 7.
Senate and House negotiators would have to reach agreement by Dec. 13 on a framework for tax and spending policies over the next decade.
The Democratic-led Senate reportedly may vote on the measure later Wednesday and then send it to the Republican-controlled House, where House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he will put it to a vote, which likely will take place Wednesday night. If passed, the measure would end the government shutdown that began Oct. 1.