"I hope everyone understands how positive this is," Reid said Saturday. "It is the first discussions we have had here, period, during the whole pendency of this artificially driven government shutdown and not raising the debt limit when we should."

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But House Republicans are not happy with the prospect of a Senate deal that meets President Obama's demand to immediately re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling. Republican senators already offered a deal to accomplish these two objectives and make changes to ObamaCare, but Senate Democrats rejected that as going too far, which has House Republicans worried they will get nothing in the talks.

The House is out today and is expected to return Monday. GOP leaders in the House have indicated they might pass a six-week debt ceiling extension, but they've also said this would only happen if Democrats agree to talks about spending and how to re-open the government.

With the Senate looking for its own way forward, House Republicans have not indicated a vote will happen yet on a six-week bill, and as of Sunday, they have not made public legislation to do that.