It has been nearly two weeks after Congress failed to reach an agreement to keep the government open but lawmakers appear to finally be negotiating.
“I met yesterday with Senator McConnell. We’re in conversation today. I’m confident the Republicans will allow the government to open and extend the ability of this government to pay its bills,” said Senator Harry Reid.
“I’m going to do everything that I can throughout the day to accomplish just this. It’s important that we do this and we must do this. It’s the height of hypocrisy to not pay our bills, the height of irresponsibility,” Reid said.
Senate leaders are steering negotiations now that talks in the Republican led House have stalled.
Democrats are pushing for bills to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling with no strings attached.
Lawmakers do not have much time to come to an agreement as the U.S. is expected to hit its debt limit this Thursday.
Many groups are pushing the federal government to end the shutdown, including veterans.
Crowds gathered at the National World War Two Memorial on Sunday for the Million Vet March on the Memorials.
People at the rallies said they were angry that the National Park Service barricaded the Veterans Memorials because of the government shutdown.
“As civilians, we don’t get a lot of opportunities to serve our country and when one presents itself, we need to seize it,” said supporter Chris Cox.
After their rally, the protesters said their frustration boiled over when they took the barricades from the memorial and dumped them in front of the gates standing outside the north lawn of the White House.
Park Police, some in riot gear, came out to separate the protesters from the fence.