WASHINGTON (October 13, 2013)--Members of the Senate were working Sunday, and a floor session was scheduled even as party leaders worked behind the scenes on proposals for ending a budget stalemate that left the government partially closed for a 13th day.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democratic leader, told NBC's "Meet the Press" the high-level discussions between Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell, could represent a long-awaited "breakthrough."
Although the Senate will be in session starting in early afternoon, no votes have been scheduled.
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have been insisting that Congress pass stopgap spending legislation to get the government fully online and also a bill to raise the debt limit.