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Shutdown talks go on behind the scenes in Washington
Washington - Even though a rare Sunday session in Congress yielded no deal, there is optimism among some that talks between Senate leaders will end the shutdown that has
paralyzed the federal government for more than two weeks.
A Senate plan would reopen the government and fund it at current levels for six months while raising the debt limit through January 31.
So far, both sides have been unable to agree on specifics.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are trying to hash out details behind closed doors, even though no formal negotiations are planned for Monday because its a federal holiday.
Reid and McConnell are working against the clock. Congress has until Thursday to raise the debt ceiling or risk default.