There could finally be some movement toward reopening the federal government.

The news came Monday afternoon from north country Congressman Bill Owens.

He tells 7 News discussions were underway Monday in the Senate and he hopes there'll be a vote by Tuesday.

"It will be a plan, at least as we're hearing, and all of this is obviously third and fourth-hand, but that we'll open the government, we believe, past January 1 and would extend the debt ceiling until sometime into early winter," said Owens (D. - 21st District).

Owens says that would give everyone time for serious negotiations on a long term solution.

The shutdown is entering its third week.