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Iowa lawmakers react to potential shutdown deal


U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says, while there were some disagreements, Iowa lawmakers on both sides are optimistic that a temporary deal will be passed Wednesday.

He says this deal will give them enough time to get a long-term deal passed through and avoid another shutdown and debt ceiling scare.

Grassley says that if a deal goes through, it would open and fund the government through Jan. 15, would allow borrowing authority through Feb. 15, and keep spending at the present level.

Grassley says there is a threat of another government shutdown in the future, but this buys them time.

"But it does set up a conference committee between the House and the Senate to reach a budget agreement between now and then, and the extent of which something's worked out in the special committee set up would make some difference," said Grassley.

Democrats we spoke with say they are glad a deal is coming.

"This isn't fear, this is fact, and that's something enough folks I think on Capitol Hill finally are beginning to take into account and take seriously so we can end this nightmare," said U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack.

"People are not going to have to worry about the economy collapsing," added U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley. "They're going to be confident that the full faith and credit of the United States is going to be preserved and that we're going to continue to pay our bills."

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