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Morning Express with Robin Meade

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Are we close to shutdown, debt ceiling deal?

  • Senate may be close to deal
  • Fixes would only be temporary
A flock of birds takes flight on the National Mall in front of the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013.

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Senate leaders touted a proposal late Monday that could end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

The news comes at a pivotal time. We're just two days away from hitting the debt ceiling, which limits how much money the U.S. can borrow.

Even if the Senate and House can reach an agreement, the fixes would be temporary. Democratic sources say the proposed deal re-opens the government but only until January 15. The deal would also lift the debt ceiling but that would only last until February.

There will be several closed-door meetings on Tuesday with congressional leaders. President Obama was supposed to sit down with some of them Monday, but that meeting was postponed. Some experts say that's a good sign.

A new poll by ABC News and "The Washington Post" shows Americans aren't happy with anyone in Washington.

The GOP gets the lion's share of the blame with 74% polled, saying they disapprove of how Republicans have handled budget negotiations.

That's versus 61% who feel Democrats are off the mark. Meanwhile, 53% disapprove of the president.

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