TODAY | October 11, 2013
>>> now to the latest on the shutdown show down. there's some movement on a deal to get the government back to work and also to avoid a default. peter alexander has that story this morning. hi, peter.
>> reporter: hi, matt. good morning to you. i spoke with aids on both sides early this morning and they insist no final decisions have been made but there were more talks overnight and more talks scheduled again for today. senate republicans arrive here at the white house several hours from now but a more different tone from days ago with clear signs that the end of the shutdown and the debt limit standoff may finally be within view. after a long night of negotiations new optimism that washington might find a solution to both problems it created. house republicans describe their hour and a half meeting with the president as useful and productive, even if no final decisions were made.
>> we'll come back to have more discussions. the president said he would go and consult with the administration folks and hopefully we can see a way forward after that.
>> reporter: that way forward may include an end to the government shutdown by monday according to a top house republican on cnbc.
>> if we're going to open the government, we need to come to some negotiation on that in relatively short order because people are hurting.
>> reporter: also on the table, a short-term fix to ensure the nation has enough money to pay it's bills. raising the debt ceiling. for how long, house and senate republicans disagree but it would avoid default. a position the white house seemed willing to consider.
>> the president is happy that cooler heads, at least, seem to be prevailing.
>> reporter: for 11 days now most americans have felt a lot like this little boy at washington 's national zoo . locked out with washington seemingly frozen in place. even the senate's historic ohio clock stopped ticking wednesday because the staff in charge of winding it was furloughed. the impact extends to the florida keys where fishermen rallied for the everglades national park to reopen.
>> that means we can't go fishing. that means we can't make any money and the days of fishing we're losing we don't get back.
>> reporter: our poll shows the republican party has been badly damaged by the back to back crises. you'll be talking about this more with chuck in the morning but republicans on the hill here have been paying close attention to those numbers and often times hearing from real americans can help drive compromise.
>> peter alexander at the white house this morning. thank you