Updated 6:18 pm ET
President Obama will meet with congressional Republicans to discuss the budget standoff, according to reports. The sessions, separate ones with House and Senate Republicans, will happen during the next few days.
Democrats will also get an audience, starting with House lawmakers late this afternoon.
It’s not clear if there will be any kind of negotiations – which Obama has said he wouldn’t participate in – or if the meetings are mainly a way for Obama to demonstrate to the public that he is doing everything he can to solve the problem.
Politico reports that House Republicans plan to send around 18 members, including House Speaker Boehner and senior figures like committee chairs.
Meanwhile, House Republican and Democratic leaders met midday for their own talks, as communication seems to be picking up between the two sides.
UPDATE: Obama will meet with Senate Democrats and House Republicans Thursday.