The budget conference committee met for the second time Wednesday morning and had little to report when they adjourned, The Washington Post said.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, told reporters she and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were still laying the groundwork for the meat of the discussions.
"I am hopeful we will get to a bipartisan compromise very soon," said Murray.
The conference committee faces a Jan. 15 deadline to either get a budget through the contentious Congress or face another government shutdown.
"This amplifies the stakes for our conference committee," Rep. Lowrey, D-N.Y., said as she left the meeting room.
Much of Wednesday's session was devoted to a briefing with Doug Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, who warned that a sluggish economy and rising healthcare and retirement spending presented ominous obstacles to the conferees, the Post said.