GOP senator says deal in hand to avoid default, reopen the government by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2013 8:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A Republican senator says she understands Senate leaders have reached an agreement to avoid a Treasury default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire made her comments Wednesday as she walked into a meeting of Senate Republicans in leader Mitch McConnell’s office.Ayotte said the leaders would make a formal announcement.The government would reopen through Jan. 15 and Treasury would be allowed to increase the nation’s borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

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