11:15 a.m.: Senate Republicans will meet with the President at the White House
While North Carolina says it doesn't have the money for about 50,000 food aid recipients, other states are rearranging funds to accommodate the demand. In November, however, the story will be very different if the government is still closed.
Maine is worried about the lack of funds for a program called LIHEAP, which provides heating assistance for low income people.
The District of Columbia is in a crunch. Mayor Vincent Gray said the city has had to delay $90 million worth of payments to Medicaid providers, it is about to miss a $150 million payment to charter schools, and it hasn't been able to pay a multimillion-dollar bill to the public transit system, WMATA. That's because Congress controls most of D.C.'s money and isn't able to release it due to the government shutdown.
Federal courts will remain open -- for now. The court system, including the Supreme Court, has the money to operate until October 17.
Upon the news that the chance of a breakthrough is slightly increased, the Dow climbed up 300 points Thursday, the best gain of the year.