(NBC News) For the first time in five weeks there are signs of compromise in Washington, fueling hope that the government shutdown could soon be over.
After both plans to reopen government failed, the Senate’s top Democrat and Republican met for the first time Thursday.
That one meeting has changed the tone on Capitol Hill.
“I’ve never been more optimistic than now if we can find a way to open up the government for three weeks,” Senator Lindsey Graham said after the meeting.
They’re now considering temporary budget that would open the government for three weeks, putting federal workers back on the job with pay.
Lawmakers would then work to come up with a compromise both sides can live with on border security.
Congress remains at odds over paying for a border wall, but President Trump says he’s leaving it up to the Senate.
“If they come to a reasonable agreement, I would support it,” Mr. Trump said.
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