TODAY   |  September 21, 2013

What a government shutdown could mean for you

With just days until the government runs out of funding to pay its bills, a government shutdown seems increasingly likely with each passing day. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

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>>> government shutdown . which could have a major impact on your wallet. president obama had some tough words this morning. kristen welker is life at the washington.

>> reporter: president obama 's message to congress, do your job. this as lawmakers engage in chicken over the nation's economy with the ball now in the senate's court. as washington careens toward a possible government shutdown , this morning, president obama is blaming the republicans in his weekly address.

>> i will not allow anyone to harm this country's reputation or threaten to inflect economic pain on millions of people just to make an ideological point.

>> reporter: this a day after the house to keep the government reasoning. it's a bill that has no chance of passing in the democratically-controlled senate. the tea party pushed passage of the measure who defended the move on friday.

>> the american people don't want the government shutdown and they don't want obamacare.

>> reporter: but other republicans sided with democrats and slammed the more conservative members of their party.

>> the issue is important. it requires real conservative solutions, not headline hunting.

>> reporter: the big question? what would a government shutdown mean for you? officials say if it occurs, paychecks for military personnel could be delayed and national parks and monuments closed to tourists and likely a furlough and force companies to slow down hiring. americans across the country, including kansas city , missouri, where president obama spoke friday, are expressing frustration.

>> it seems like a lot of people are just so busy wanting to show off rather than figure out the right thing to do.

>> get down and get your job done like you're supposed to be doing.

>> reporter: now, if the government shuts down, all essential personnel like those responsible for national security would stay on the job. of course, if that does happen, there will be plenty of blame to go around, including for president obama , who last night, placed calls to house speaker john boehner , minority leader nancy pelosi but the calls did very little to resolve this standoff. erica?

>> kristen welker at the white house , thanks.