Lawmakers 'very close' to a last-minute debt deal, NBC news reports

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, accompanied by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., gestures during a news confernence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, accompanied by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., gestures during a news confernence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Lawmakers were "very close" on Sunday to reaching a last-minute deal that could raise the U.S. debt ceiling by up to $2.8 trillion and assure financial markets that the United States will avoid default, according to NBC News.

Prospects that a significant package was within grasp brightened after Republican and Democratic leaders reopened stalled talks with the White House, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident and optimistic.

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