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Sanders hopeful about Senate deal

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The federal government is now two days from defaulting on its debt, but Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is hopeful there will be a deal.

Party leaders in the Senate -- Democrat Harry Reid and Republican Mitch McConnell -- are tasked with brokering the latest plan to make sure the government can keep paying its bills. They will have to agree to raise the nation's 16.7 trillion dollar debt limit, which many Republicans oppose. Possibilities for a compromise include a short-term fix putting off a larger deal for a few months. Senator Sanders says the problem with that is that the same problem with impending default will just pop up again.

"You have to see what's in the deal, but obviously the goal is to reopen the government as soon as possible and most certainly pay our bills," Senator Sanders said.

The Senator says he's open to new ideas but will not support anything that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

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