Ryan, Pelosi chat over steak and fries at Capitol

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  • House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sat down Friday night for a more than two-hour dinner in the speaker's office
  • The two leaders spent most of the time "getting to know each other"

Washington (CNN)With days to go before a possible government shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sat down Friday night for a more than two-hour dinner in the speaker's office at the Capitol, a source familiar with their discussions told CNN.

The source, who requested anonymity to discuss details of the private dinner, said the two leaders spent most of the time "getting to know each other" and not haggling over details of the spending bill.
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Ryan and Pelosi dined on steak and fries from Medium Rare, the source said. And for dessert, Pelosi opted for chocolate over carrot cake. Ryan, an avid fitness buff, didn't have any dessert.
    A senior GOP source familiar with the discussion also stressed that the dinner was informal and not intended to strike a final deal.
    "The speaker invited the leader over to get to know her better. It was more social than business," the GOP source emphasized.
    Previously, Ryan and Pelosi's conversations have been over the phone. They spoke earlier in the day when the Democratic leader pushed for adding language on gun violence research to the spending package, and their staffs have been meeting frequently.
    Pelosi plans to remain in Washington this weekend as the negotiations continue. The speaker is traveling back to his home in Wisconsin for a couple of days, but both sides are aiming to finish the talks and release a deal on Monday.
    President Barack Obama signed a short-term spending bill late Friday afternoon, and Congress now has until Wednesday to pass a funding measure to avoid a shutdown.