Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday night that congressional leaders still had miles to go in budget negotiations but that the nation should not lose hope in averting a government shutdown.

“I want everyone to know the government is not going to be shutdown yet,” said Reid.  “There is still air in the tire, we still have miles to go but I hope there is enough air to get us where we need to go.”

The continuing resolution currently funding the government will expire on Friday.

“We are still negotiating in good faith, we are not that far apart and hopefully we can work something out,” added Reid.  “It's something we should be able to do and certainly we are trying.”