TODAY   |  September 28, 2013

One day closer to a government shutdown?

After President Barack Obama  warned Congress not to shut down the government, some worry about a political fallout from the fight over health care and the debt ceiling. NBC’s Luke Russert reports.

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>>> lawmakers to come to an agreement to avoid a government shutdown . luke russert is live on capitol hill with where they stand now. big meeting there today, right, luke?

>> reporter: good morning, lester. a few hours, the house gop conference will meet in a rare weekend session called by speaker boehner to try and figure out some way forward in order to fund the government.

>> reporter: countdown to shut down. a warning from president obama to the house.

>> my message to congress is this -- do not shut down the government, do not shut down the economy, pass a budget on time, pay our bills on time.

>> reporter: the legislation now heads to the house where it faces opposition from republicans who oppose the bill because it doesn't defund obama care.

>> this is like holding a gun on each other now and standing in a burning building and deciding who is going to blink.

>> reporter: senate democrats say the position of house republicans is extreme.

>> the country is not going to be distorted. we will not be hit with a gun to our heads.

>> reporter: today the house begins a rare weekend session to try to forge a compromise before the government shuts down on monday at midnight. what would be affected? paychecks to the military and visa and passport applications and public access to national parks all halted and federal workers furloughed. for carrie galloway, a shutdown hits home. her husband is a federal worker.

>> if it went on for very long and the bullies couldn't decide to share the sand box , then i think the affects of that would be quite dramatic on my family.

>> reporter: many americans are just tired of the partisanship.

>> each of them have their own agenda and for whatever reason now, they can't work together and i don't understand why.

>> reporter: having conversations with aides this morning, no clear wade forward and a block within the house gop conference and does not want to see hi funding of the president's health care law . for the government to be funded, speaker boehner will have to do that with democratic votes. the question now is will he do that? some folks say after the monday night deadline which means we could see a shutdown for a few days. a fluid situation but things from where we stand right now, don't look too good.

>> seems like we constantly seeing ourselves standing on the brink. luke russert , thanks.

>> take care.