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Sen. Donnelly part of group that worked out framework deal on shutdown, default


Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says he was a member of the bi-partisan group that worked out a framework deal to end the federal government shutdown and prevent a default.

"Economic confidence is critical," Donnelly said in a phone call with reporters. "It is time to stop the damage."

Sen. Donnelly says the group was made up of 7 Republicans, 6 Democrats and 1 Independent Senator. "Everybody basically left their political label at the door," said Donnelly. The Senator says the group was meeting frequently, as often as 2-3 times over the last few days. He described the discussions as frank and open.

Donnelly says the framework makes up much of the plan Senate leaders agreed on. Under the plan, the government will be funded through January 15th and debt ceiling extended through February 7th.

The Senator says no one in the group got 100% of what they were looking for. Donnelly says he wishes the debt ceiling had been further extended. The plan also does not include work on the medical device tax, something Donnelly says he will continue to work on.

In the end, Donnelly says the goal was to make sure the nation was protected. 

Any deal must still pass the House. Donnelly says there are no guarantees, but the expectation is that it will pass.

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