TODAY   |  September 27, 2013

Senate to vote on plan to avoid government shutdown

Lawmakers in the Senate plan to vote on their version of a plan to avoid a federal government shutdown, but members of the House say they simply aren’t buying it, and will stall. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>> now to avoid a government shut down. with three days left things still very much in the air. peter alexander is here in new york with us this morning.

>> up in the air is nicely. this the a mess at this point. the senate is going to vote to avoid a shut down but house republicans aren't buying this. congress is going to have it's hands full this weekend trying to cut a deal to avoid a government shutdown on tuesday, october 1st , and this battle could easily go down to the final minutes.

>> reporter: with the country teetering on the brink of a government shutdown tensions are boiling over. a rare fight between republicans on the senate floor.

>> the question i would pose to my senator from tennessee.

>> reporter: with bob corker accusing ted cruz and mike lee of delaying a vote for their own self-promotion.

>> the reason we're waiting is that y'all have sent out releases and e-mails and you want everybody to be able to watch.

>> reporter: president obama hit the road and hit back at opponents of his healthcare law with enrollment for uninsured americans set to begin tuesday.

>> whatever effect obamacare might have on the economy, it is far less than even a few days of government shutdown .

>> reporter: but the president's critics found new ammunition citing glitches. the first impacting small business owners unable to complete their insurance applications online until november. a second delay effecting spanish speaking applicants. the white house saying that enrollment website won't be ready for a few more weeks. with three days ready for washington to overt a shut down, the function is already having a ripple effect across the country. the manager of this beach front bike shop outside san diego says a customer who is in the navy and fears he might not get paid in a shutdown recently asked for a refund on a brand new scooter.

>> we're not entirely worried about going out of business but the business that we need from the service members that live here is going to dramatically probably hit us.

>> the point is this is already effecting people. even if congress can avoid this potential ka trs potenti potentially there's a shock to the economy that would be much greater. this would be a default.

>> congress earning it's approval rating this week.