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Hope that federal government could re-open Saturday
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There's hope Friday morning on Capitol Hill that the government could be re-opened by Saturday.
GOP and democratic staffers worked through the night on a possible deal to end the government shutdown and raise the country's debt ceiling to avoid a default.
"We'll come back to have more discussions. The president said that he would go and consult with the administration folks and hopefully we can see a way forward after that," said Rep. Eric Cantor.
"If they were to send them a clean debt ceiling extension, no partisan strings attached," said Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.
The potential breakthrough came Thursday when House republicans agreed to a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing limit with no strings attached.
Congressman Fred Upton was at that meeting.
"It's unfortunate that this meeting didn't happen a long time before, but it's good that it happened tonight and let's hope that it can bring some better relations between the two sides and we can get out of this mess that we've been in," said Upton.
Republicans said their plan would raise the debt ceiling for six weeks until November 22nd.
Some congressional democrats are concerned a short-term deal could mean more anxiety just before the holiday season.