The Washington Times - October 15, 2013, 09:40AM

Sen. Mark Pryor said Tuesday people are “sick and tired” of “dead-end politics” and that a bipartisan deal from the Senate could right the ship without letting party divisions and the 2014 elections get in the way.

The Senate is trying to finalize a deal that would extend the debt limit into February and fund the government through mid-January, although it is unclear if the House will accept their terms.


Many credited Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, with kickstarting serious bipartisan talks in the upper chamber.

“I’m in the Susan Collins fan club,” Mr. Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, told Chuck Todd of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

Mr. Todd asked Mr. Pryor, who is up for re-election next year in a tough race against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, if senators resist reaching out to a colleagues in the opposing party who are up for re-election.

“It does happen sometimes,” Mr. Pryor said, but added that it’s not a hard-and-fast rule.