Bipartisan negotiators, racing against the clock to finalize a possible compromise package on the debt ceiling, said Sunday they were getting close to a deal as they tried to allay fears that the country could face its first-ever default in a matter of days.

Talks intensified ahead of a test vote in the Senate on the Democrats’ debt-ceiling plan. That vote is expected to fail, putting the onus on negotiators to come up with yet another alternative.

After disagreeing about the status of negotiations the day before, Senate leaders indicated Sunday morning that they were making good progress on the new proposal.

Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the No. 2 senators in their respective parties, both said on “Fox News Sunday” that they were feeling better about the discussions.

“I have a much more positive feeling than I did 24 hours ago,” Durbin said.

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