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In this Oct. 12 photo, President Barack Obama, left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., look to photographers as they meet Democratic leaders in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, D.C. For Obama and congressional Democrats, this month's budget battles brought about a remarkable period of party unity, a welcome change for the White House after a summer of disputes over possible military action in Syria, government spying programs and the president's pick to lead the Federal Reserve. But Democratic solidarity will face a tougher test during the broader budget talks following the reopening of the government and the increase of Treasury's borrowing authority.

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