By Ramsey Cox
Senate leaders on Monday said they've made substantial progress toward a fiscal deal, but don't have one yet.
“Perhaps tomorrow will be a bright day,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor. “[But] we’re not quite there yet.”
GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) echoed Reid’s optimism, saying “substantial progress” was made on Monday.
The two leaders appear close to a deal that would end the shutdown, fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until February.
Congressional leaders postponed a meeting with President Obama on Monday to give the Senate leaders more time to talk.
A meeting of the GOP conference was also put off.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reviewed the deal under discussion on Monday afternoon.