"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."

Reid and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) met with Sens. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) and Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderChildren’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Schumer calls for attaching ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance MORE (R-Tenn.).

ADVERTISEMENT
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.