TODAY   |  October 01, 2013

How the government shutdown could affect you

Families across the nation are already feeling the effects of the government shutdown, from the cessation of processing passports to closed national parks. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>> as we mentioned, the shutdown is impacting services nationwide leaving hundreds of thousands of americans without pay checks. peter alexander is on the national mall in washington and has that part of the story. peter, good morning to you.

>> good morning to you. that includes the 4200 workers at the smithsonian museum and national zoo . they have been furloughed as a result of the government shut down. we're in front of the national air and space museum . last week they had 88,000 visitors come here. today it will be zero. the door is locked and there's a simple message that reads we apologize for the inconvenience.

>> reporter: in virginia, the shock is still hitting thomas fuller . a single father, he's an i.t. consultant and con track worker for the department of labor , among tens of thousands of federal contractors impacted.

>> the frustration is because it seems like something that could be avoided.

>> reporter: the message delivered in a short e-mail. the tasks that you are performing will need to be stopped. no work. no pay. no clear end in sight.

>> we wouldn't be able to get along without pay for, you know, a month or two. it would effect us dramatically.

>> reporter: near boston, fred is packing his bags for a dream vacation with his girlfriend. a retirement trip he has been mapping out for years. five national monuments . from the grand canyon to zion. all are now closed.

>> i'm 63 years old and i'm going to see it for the first time but now i'll get there and can't see it.

>> reporter: like plenty of others, he is angry at washington . republicans and democrats alike. get it together. work together and do something because we the people are being hurt.

>> that's just two of the stories with hundreds of thousands of others like it. we are been speaking to people here on the national mall all morning. there's consensus on frustration, irritation, and this morning, confusion.

>> all right. peter alexander in washington this morning. thank you