WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman were optimistic Monday that a deal is at hand to reopen the federal government and avoid a U.S. Treasury default.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman were optimistic Monday that a deal is at hand to reopen the federal government and avoid a U.S. Treasury default.


While a final deal had yet to be announced, the two lawmakers said in separate interviews Monday afternoon that they anticipated a fruitful outcome from negotiations being held between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.


"All I know is what I’m hearing around the Capitol. Sen. McConnell and Sen. Reid are very close to their own agreement," said Pryor, D-Ark.


"I walked over to the Capitol basement to get a sandwich and the folks there said the word today is optimism," said Boozman, R-Ark.


Pryor expects the deal that emerges from the Senate leaders will build upon bipartisan negotiations that he has been involved with since Friday, when a group of 13 senators got together to see if they could resolve the impasse.


"I feel like we did a good job of moving the ball down the field," he said.


The group, which was led by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, did not reach a final agreement on a deal but were close when Reid and McConnell began their own closed-door negotiations, Pryor said.


"At this point it is at the leadership level," he said.


Boozman said he wants to see the shutdown end and believes there are some "common sense" concessions that Democrats should be able to accept, including maintaining budget levels set in the 2011 Budget Control Act and requiring income verification for those receiving Obamacare subsidies.


The shutdown began on Oct. 1, at the beginning of the budget year, after Congress failed to approve funding for the fiscal year and could not agree on a temporary extension.


House Republicans had initially pushed for defunding the Affordable Care Act as part of any stopgap measure, and President Obama and Senate Democrats wanted a stopgap measure with no extraneous issues attached.


Raising the debt ceiling has since come into play as the government is days away from bumping up against the limit.