Negotiations Underway to Reopen Federal Government

Day 12 of shutdown and no deal has been made by lawmakers to raise debt ceiling.
2:28 | 10/12/13

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feverish wheeling and dealing to end the government shutdown in its 12th day. Both sides suggest that progress is being made, with negotiations to reopen the gott and raise the debt ceiling. As of this morning, there is still no deal. Abc's david kerley has the very latest from the white house. Good morning to you, david. Reporter: Good morning, bianna. You mentioned it. There is good news. At least they're not calling each other names anymore. They are talking. The president and the speaker of the house spoke on the phone late yesterday. The bad news, no deal to reopen the government or increase the government's ability to borrow. This morning, the shutdown signs are still up. Now, a dozen days. But from the president, who isn't budging much, some optimism. Positive developments that republicans have agreed on the need to avoid the economic consequences of not meeting our country's commitments. Reporter: Translation -- republicans now seem ready to increase the country's borrowing power. But the big sticking point is for how long. In a flurry of meetings at the white house, republicans offered to stave off default for six weeks. No deal because the white house says that means we'll be playing this same game of chicken with the economy right before thanksgiving. And the holiday shopping season. The president's position on refusing to pay ransom in exchange for congress fulfilling their responsibility to pay the bills of the united states will not change. Reporter: One proposal -- a four-month extension of borrowing power. Why all the meetings and now a suggestion of a deal? The latest polls tell the tale. Our poll shows disapproval of republicans climbing from 63% to 70%. So, they're looking for an out. A deal. And what about the government shutdown? Little movement there, which means little matty major, an 8-year-old, is not getting the experimental treatment that could save her life. 1 of 400 americans cut off from medical studies. To know that there could be a But because of the stalemate in the government, we can't research those options. It's mind-blowing. Reporter: Meanwhile, some states are paying to open national parks. Others are still padlocked. There will be talks between the two sides, republicans and the white house. There's a bit of a problem. We don't know if there will be a deal for both, increase in the borrowing limit and opening the government. There's now a split between senate republicans and house republicans. So, their hand's a little weaker as we try to get a deal, maybe next week.

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