'Long way to go' on fiscal talks with Republicans

US Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has welcomed the start of negotiations with Senate Republicans on a way to end a 12-day-old government shutdown, but said there was a "long way to go" on fiscal talks.

US Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Reid, who met with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell today, said the Republicans must allow the US government to reopen and support fast action on raising federal borrowing authority to avoid a historic default in order to achieve progress on other budget issues.