Washington -- After weeks of near silence without any hint of a potential compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans over the thorny issue of raising the nation's debt ceiling, the White House may be offering some conciliatory language that could lead to a deal to prevent a potential default on Oct. 17.
As of last Friday, White House officials declined to specify any demand as to the length of a debt ceiling increase.
A White House official said Monday morning it is up to Congress to decide how long the debt ceiling increase should last.
"It is up to Congress to pass a debt limit increase, and up to them for how long and when they want to deal with this again," a White House official told CNN. "We have been super clear we think longer is better because it lends more certainty."
However, a separate White House official repeated the President's position that he will not offer concessions in exchange for an increase in the debt limit.
"Only Congress can raise the debt ceiling. We will not negotiate with them over that responsibility."