GOP leaders are poised to hold a closed-door meeting on a budget deal to avert a government shutdown on Thursday night, as they continue to press for a deal that would keep the government open and fund key programs in an effort to avoid a government default.
The GOP leaders of the House and Senate, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are expected to meet Thursday night to hash out the details of the deal.
A few hours earlier, Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner said the House will not have a vote on a final version of the budget until after the meeting, which will take place on the House floor.
The two sides will then meet in a closed session, and a final agreement could emerge within hours, Boehner said in a statement.
The talks will likely focus on the continuing resolution to keep the federal government open, which would keep money flowing through the federal budget while keeping lawmakers from shutting down the government and forcing a default.
Boehner, McConnell and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., have all voiced support for continuing the funding levels that have been in place for weeks as they seek to avoid default.
Republicans and Democrats are still negotiating over a final budget, but they have made clear that they are seeking a deal to avoid the worst of the shutdown that began in late October.
House Speaker John Boehner speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2015.
Boehner is also expected to ask for a one-year extension of the unemployment insurance payments, which are currently set to expire this week.
But it is unclear how long those extensions would last.
The House GOP has yet to reach a deal on a spending bill, and Boehner and McConnell are both set to face pressure from conservatives to raise the debt ceiling as part of a final deal.
But with the GOP controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, the deal is likely to face significant resistance from conservatives and Democrats alike, and many Republicans and Republicans-turned-Democrats in Congress have voiced concerns about the deal, which they say would send a terrible message to voters who are concerned about government shutdowns and spending.
Republicans are also set to continue pressing for funding for a $1 trillion border wall and a $20 billion boost in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, both of which have been the subject of intense public debate.
Democrats are also pushing for a package of spending cuts, and they are expected this week to unveil their own plan to address some of those issues.
But even with those priorities on the table, Republicans and House Democrats are already on a collision course.
House Republicans have long pushed for a two-year spending extension of unemployment insurance and DACA programs, but it is unlikely they will reach agreement on a bill.
Boehner and other Republicans have also expressed a desire to avoid making a deal with Democrats on immigration reform.
But there are still some elements of the bipartisan deal in the works.
The White House has signaled that it will not sign off on a deal until it sees a full version of an immigration overhaul that will include funding for border security and enforcement measures.
Democrats want to have a deal included in a bill that they have been pushing for.
And they are still in talks with some House Republicans on whether to add $1 billion to an immigration package that the House passed last week.
There are also growing indications that some Republicans may support an extension of a temporary tax credit to keep people employed during the shutdown, but those talks are ongoing.
The Senate is also likely to agree to a deal, and McConnell is expected to vote for it.
The final version will likely be unveiled by Friday, and the final agreement will be unveiled during the week of Tuesday.
But Republicans will also need Democratic support for the final package.
The deal will need to pass the Senate, where it would be subject to filibuster-proof majority, and pass the House, where there would likely be a procedural hurdle to get a vote.
Democrats will likely hold their own conference committee to draft a final bill, which is scheduled to be held on Thursday.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during an interview on Capitol Park in Washington on Oct. 18, 2015, where she will speak on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the future for the middle class.
Pelosi and other House Democrats have called for an agreement to keep a government open.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D, M., speaks at a news event on Capitol Road in Washington.
(Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Democrats are expected try to hold up a budget vote on Thursday, as Republicans are still pushing for an extension.
If the House votes on a continuing resolution, Republicans will then have a 52-vote majority in the Senate.
That could lead to a simple majority in favor of the bill, but some Republicans are pushing for more votes to