The early morning sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol building September 20, 2013 in Washington, DC (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPITOL HILL, DC (WUSA9) -- President Obama is planning to invite Republicans to the White House as the government shutdown rolls through a 9th day with no clear signs of a deal, but some glimmers of hope.
Many Republicans are now talking about a short term deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling to give space for negotiations with the White House and Democrats.
"We're willing to negotiate, but all we have to do is pass... a short term resolution that gets us into 2014 to resolve these larger issues," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md).
But leaving the conservative Republican Study Committee lunch, Maryland Congressman Andy Harris said re-opening the government and raising the debt limit even for a few weeks would come at a price for the President and the Democrats. "Raising the debt ceiling short term, sure. As long as we have spending cuts included in it, that's fine with me."
Some in Congress had suggested a grand bargain on Social Security, Medicare and tax reform might be a way out of the stalemate... but time may have run out on that.
"If we could get a grand bargain enacted in the next 24 hours, I'm for it," said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md). "But we can't be held hostage to the government shutdown and the threat of not paying your bills."
"Big deals take some time," said Republican Harris. "One way is to envision that short term deal incorporating spending cuts while allowing us to raise the debt ceiling temporarily while we do talk about a larger deal."