WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks to reporters after leaving a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol October 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans met with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss proposals to end the stalemate on the 11th day of the federal government partial shutdown. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON -- A deal to end the government shutdown and raise the government's debt limit by Oct. 17 to avoid default appears unlikely, two Republican Senators said on Sunday.
Senators are seeking to craft an agreement after the House failed to do so. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on ABC's This Week that a Democratic proposal to increase spending beyond limits set by automatic budget cuts -- known as the sequester -- cannot be supported by Republicans.
He doesn't anticipate a deal by the Oct. 17 deadline.
"I don't see one," Graham said. "If you break spending caps you're not going to get any Republicans in the Senate."
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ken., agreed with Graham, saying the Democratic proposal to increase beyond sequester limits is "a real big step in the wrong direction."
"Now they want a spending bill that increases spending and dramatically will increase the debt," Paul said on CNN's State of the Union. "It's a non-starter."