President Obama phoned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea 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 ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.), Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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.