US Senate leaders resume talks to avert default, reopen government

The sun rises on the US Capitol in Washington, on Oct 15, 2013. Democratic and Republican leaders in the United States Senate have resumed negotiations on legislation to avert a default and to reopen shuttered federal agencies after attempts in
The sun rises on the US Capitol in Washington, on Oct 15, 2013. Democratic and Republican leaders in the United States Senate have resumed negotiations on legislation to avert a default and to reopen shuttered federal agencies after attempts in the House of Representatives failed on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Democratic and Republican leaders in the United States Senate have resumed negotiations on legislation to avert a default and to reopen shuttered federal agencies after attempts in the House of Representatives failed on Tuesday.

Mr Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said: "Given tonight's events, the leaders have decided to work toward a solution that would reopen the government and prevent default. They are optimistic an agreement can be reached."

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also said the two leaders have "re-engaged" and "are optimistic that an agreement is within reach".

Neither spokesman gave a likely timetable for reaching a deal.