January 21, 2018 / 11:24 PM / a year ago

High-ranking U.S. Senate Republican says he is hopeful federal shutdown to end

Lincoln Memorial is seen with an icy reflecting pool in Washington, U.S., on the second day of Government shutdown, January 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John Thune, a member of the Senate’s Republican leadership team, said on Sunday he was hopeful of a deal being struck soon that would bring an end to a two-day-old federal government shutdown.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Thune said: “I hope that we will have the 60 votes that are necessary” to advance a new stopgap funding bill to fund the government for three weeks. He said the measure was “modified at the request of some of the Democrats of the Senate,” indicating it could be a compromise proposal.

He did not provide details.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Peter Cooney

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