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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, puts his arm around House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as members of Congress gather on the steps of the Capitol in remembrance of the terror attacks of 2001, in Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reported with Dan Friedman and Katy O'Donnell

Top Senate and House leaders on Thursday confirmed bicameral discussions are under way concerning a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government into next year, eliminating the threat of government shutdowns until the next Congress.

For the first time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he supports a funding measure that extends past the anticipated post-election lame-duck session.

And House Speaker John Boehner supports the move as well, confirming reports by National Journal and others that such a stop-gap measure is under serious consideration. Both leaders said talks continue and that no deal has been reached.

The proposal on the table would fund government at the $1.047 level established in last year's Budget Control Act, a condition demanded by Senate Democrats.

In a news conference Thursday, Reid said his "preference would be to do something that alleviates this spending issue that we have during the lame duck." An aide confirmed Reid, who had not taken a public position on how long a continuing resolution should be, now backs a six-month or longer continuing resolution.

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