As they prepared to meet with President Barack Obama Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed optimism they can reach a deal to reopen a partially closed federal government and keep the nation from defaulting on its financial obligations.
"Instructive good faith negotiations continue between the Republican leader an me," Reid said on the Senate floor. "I'm very optimistic that we will reach an agreement that's reasonable in nature this week to reopen the government, pay the nation's bills and begin long-term negotiations to put our country on sound fiscal footing."
McConnell echoed Reid's sentiments.
"We have had an opportunity over the last couple of days to have some very constructive exchanges of views about how to move forward," he said. "Those discussions continue, and I share his optimism that we're going to get a result that will be acceptable to both sides."