President Obama phoned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP moves to cut debate time for Trump nominees McConnell hits back at 'ridiculous' Chinaperson remark GOP senator: 'We were there' on immigration before talks got derailed MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday as senators worked to finalize a deal that could reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

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Neither White House nor congressional aides would provide details of the discussion, which came despite the president's cancellation of a planned afternoon meeting with McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP moves to cut debate time for Trump nominees Harry Reid: ‘The less we talk about impeachment, the better off we are’ Lobbying world MORE (D-Nev.), Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerArizona GOP winner to join Freedom Caucus We need more congressional oversight on matters of war A warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk MORE (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Lawmakers in the upper chamber appear to be coalescing around a deal that would fund the government into January and extend the nation's debt ceiling into February. The legislation is also expected to make minor tweaks to ObamaCare and establish a joint budget committee to create a replacement for the sequestration budget cuts.

On Monday, McConnell expressed optimism that a deal was on track.

“It’s safe to say we’ve made substantial progress and we look forward to making more progress in the near future,” McConnell said.

The Senate Republican Conference is set to meet Tuesday morning to discuss the proposal. The meeting had been originally set for Monday night, but not enough senators could make the meeting.