Nearly 600 Arkansas Employees Idled Due to Government Shutdown

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 5:03 pm  

In Washington, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor said he believed bipartisan discussions he was involved in with other lawmakers was helping moving the Senate toward a deal on ending the shutdown. Pryor said he met on Monday with a group of 12 other senators and presented a framework of those talks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Pryor declined to offer specifics on the talks, but said he was optimistic it was moving closer toward ending the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling.

"This bipartisan group paved the way for the two leaders to find a solution here," Pryor said, referring to Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "To me it's a victory for bipartisanship."

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