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October 14th, 2013
06:14 PM ET

Sen. Pryor optimistic on debt deal

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Arkansas, said Monday he's hopeful Democratic and Republican negotiators in the Senate can broker a deal that would allow government to re-open and prevent the budget from bumping up against the debt ceiling.

"We got very close to an agreement," Pryor told CNN's Jake Tapper. "We went and talked to our two leaders [Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell] and said, look, here's where we are, this is what we think we can accomplish."

Pryor also indicated that he does not expect Democrats to exceed the sequester level spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Rand Paul told CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday that he was not willing to accept a proposal from Senate negotiators that called for going over the established cap. Pryor, a Democrat from a conservative state, rebuffed Paul's claim, insisting that he believes spending levels will remain the same.

"I know there are people that would like to raise those and people that would like to lower those," Pryor said. "But my guess is, we end up staying with those numbers."

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