No deal has emerged from President Obama's 90-minute meeting Friday with Senate Republicans. Led by Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME) the caucus has been developing its own plan that presumably was presented in the White House today. But no deal was made.
“Senate Democrats and Republicans are quietly talking about potential agreements,” a senior Democratic aide told The Huffington Post. “The only thing that’s clear right now is that there is little appetite for a deal on the debt limit that leaves the government shuttered.”As of now, Republicans in both chambers seem to have cooled the rhetoric against the White House, though they continue to present plans that include concessions from Democrats that both President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have rejected. As of Friday afternoon, the Senate is still slated to vote on a 15-month debt limit extension sometime Saturday.
One top Republican Senate aide, meanwhile, said members in that chamber were increasingly ready to end the standoff. "Obviously, there is a strong desire here to resolve this thing," the aide said.
The extent to which party leaders are involved in these conversations wasn't clear. A Senate aide said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told frustrated members on Wednesday that he understood their concerns about damage to the GOP brand. The aide said McConnell gave his blessing to them exploring a deal, though Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell, declined to confirm or deny that account.