Democrat Reid says he will keep talking to Republican McConnell on debt limit

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader HarryReid said on Sunday that he had a "productive conversation" withSenate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on efforts to reopenthe U.S. government and raise the federal debt limit.

"Our discussions were substantive, and we'll continue thosediscussions. I'm optimistic about the prospects for a positiveconclusion to the issues before this country today," Reid saidin remarks on the Senate floor.

He did not provide any specifics of the conversation.Democrats and Republicans remain divided over spending levels inany temporary government-funding measure.

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