High-ranking Senate Democrat upbeat on US debt deal

WASHINGTON - The No. 2 Democrat in the US Senate said on Saturday he was more optimistic about chances for a debt limit increase deal, despite many details still to be worked out.
"We're a long way from any kind of a negotiated agreement, but there is certainly a more positive feeling about reaching an agreement this evening than I've felt in a long time," Senator Richard Durbin told reporters.
Asked whether Social Security retirement benefits might be part of a negotiated deal between Democrats and Republicans, Durbin responded, "I think those reports are fragmentary and inaccurate."