Senators return on Monday at 2pm (ET) for more debate on proceeding to a measure proposing to lift the debt ceiling through December 2014. Negotiations among Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill as well as the President continue as all parties struggle to reach an agreement to resolve the impasse over re-opening the federal government and what to do about debt ceiling.
Funding for all government operations expired September 13. The federal government has been shut down since October 1.
Over the weekend, both chambers were in session. On Saturday, the Senate held a procedural vote on S. 1569, a bill proposing an increase to the debt ceiling until Dec. 31, 2014, but it failed to pass. The cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the debt bill failed on a party-line 53-45, except for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who changed his voted from Yes to No. 60 votes were needed.
By voting no on cloture, the Majority Leader can bring the vote back up again at any time until Senate rules. Senate adjourned Saturday and is scheduled to be back in session tomorrow at 1pm ET.
Also in Saturday session, the House concluded legislative business Saturday and have no plans for a session on Sunday. The next vote series in the House is expected to begin at 6:30 pm (ET) on Monday.
Along with a series of Saturday Congressional press briefings, President Obama meets in the Oval Office with Senate Democratic leadership.
Last Friday, Senate Republicans met with President Obama for the last of four White House-Congressional meetings. They said the meeting was "productive," but no deals were reached on raising the debt ceiling or reopening the government.