US Senate leaders upbeat on debt deal
US Senate leaders have expressed optimism after a flurry of negotiations on raising the federal debt ceiling to avert a potentially disastrous default.
They were also nearing a deal to end a partial government shutdown, now in its third week, congressional sources said.
However, the BBC's Laura Trevelyan said some conservative Republicans are claiming that "no deal is better than a bad deal".
- From the section US & Canada