After 11 days of the partial government shutdown, could there be new hope?
"The president did call and speak with the speaker of the house this afternoon," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
That call did not lead to a deal, but...
"The two of them agreed that all sides need to keep talking on the issues here," Carney said.
There are reports that the House could vote on a Republican plan to temporarily raise the debt limit.
The House GOP plan would shift the U.S. borrowing limit by six weeks so the government can pay its bills, which would extend the debt ceiling through Nov. 22.
In exchange, Democrats, including President Barack Obama, would have to engage in deficit reduction talks during those six weeks.
Still out there: re-opening the government, something the House plan does not include, but the president wants.
House Democrats are putting the pressure on.
"The Republican caucus shut down the government. That is clear," said Joe Crowley, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. "They're intransigence shut down the government and their threatening to default on the national debt.
Meanwhile, the Senate has its own proposal: Raise the debt ceiling but also include money to re-open the government.
It would also slash the tax on medical devices in "Obamacare," something that has bipartisan support. Republican Senators met with the president at the White House on Friday.
"Many members expressed concern about raising the debt limit without having a specific plan to deal with our $17 trillion national debt. It was a good exchange but it was an inconclusive exchange."
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