"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. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) met with Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).
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.