Senate leaders move to forefront in efforts to reach budget agreement

The rising sun glints off of windows in the Capitol in Washington, on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. President Barack Obama announced over the weekend that he'll seek congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad regime, now the Obama administration is trying to rally support among Americans and their congressman and senators. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A partial government shutdown that continues to leave 350,000 workers off the job has entered its 13th day with no resolution in place.

Pressure is building, not only to restore normal federal programs and services, but also to reach a political agreement on raising the debt limit, which is due to expire Thursday without votes from Congress.

With no sign of progress in exploratory talks between House Republicans and the Obama administration, Senate leaders this weekend took the helm in search of a compromise. Majority Leader Harry Reid said his discussions with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have given cause for optimism, but said the two sides still have a long ways to go.

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