(L-R) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) speak after appearing on national television together on the morning of October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. Today marks the 16th day of the government shutdown and the last day to find a solution before the government could potentially begin defaulting on debts. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator says she understands Senate leaders have reached an agreement to avoid a Treasury default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire made her comments Wednesday as she walked into a meeting of Senate Republicans in leader Mitch McConnell's office.
Ayotte said the leaders would make a formal announcement.
The government would reopen through Jan. 15 and Treasury would be allowed to increase the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.
The Associatd Press