TODAY | September 29, 2013
>> want to get to today's top story, the potential government shutdown that is now just two days away . a rowdy debate on a bill to fund the government stretching the the wee hours this morning. it ended with pes saj of the bill that would delay obama care's implementation for a year. democrats say that's just not acceptable. kristen welker is live at the white house . kristen, where is all this going?
>> reporter: lester, good morning to you. it seems like the only thing democrats and republicans can agree on today is that a government shutdown seems increasingly likely after the house of representatives passed that piece of legislation overnight, mostly along party lines . it is a bill that the white house has threatened to veto. meanwhile, across the country there is anger and frustration.
>> you can yell all you want, but you're not silencing --
>> reporter: it was fireworks on the house floor saturday night.
>> mr. speaker, the house is not in order.
>> reporter: as the debate rages in washington, a thousand miles away they're watching it all closely at the everglades national park in florida. if the government shuts down, the park would close, more than 250 employees likely furloughed.
>> we have a lot of dedicated national park service employees that are concerned about being on an extended furlough.
>> reporter: a shutdown seems more likely by the minute after the republican-led house passed a bill overnight that would delay obama care by a year.
>> tonight the republican majority will vote to shut the government down!
>> all republicans are asking tonight is give the nation a year to study a 2500 page bill that even speaker pelosi hadn't a clue what was in it.
>> reporter: the white house quickly fired back releasing a statement saying any member of the republican party who votes for this bill is voting for a shutdown. how would a shutdown impact you? you can forget your trip to the national parks because they would be closed. thinking about getting out of the country? your passport better be up to date. those applications will stall, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers would likely be furloughed. if you want to mail a letter, you're in luck. the post office will remain open. don't worry, that check will still be in the mail, the social security check, that is. across the country, mounting concerns.
>> we're really hoping that it can come to a conclusion and keep us working and keep these great places open to the american public.
>> reporter: that bill now goes to the senate which not back in session until monday. majority leader harry reid says he will reject it out right which means lawmakers will have less than 24 hours to try to sort this thing out and try to avert a government shutdown .