Debt deal brings temporary relief from government-stalling partisanship

The debt limit deal is breaking the partisan cold snap on Capitol Hill, at least for now.

The Senate’s top party leaders, Democrat Harry Reid and Republican Mitch McConnell, rushed to the Senate floor Sunday evening to announce that they had struck a tentative agreement with House leaders and President Barack Obama two days before an Aug. 2 default deadline. Then they took off their microphones, stepped into the aisle between their desks, grinned and shook hands. McConnell grasped Reid’s elbow.

Reid left the floor with his second-in-command, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, whispering and clearly relieved. Out in the hallway, asked how they were feeling, Reid gave a thumbs-up and Durbin said, “Great.”

Lawmakers meet with their caucuses Monday to get a final signoff on the framework.

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