TODAY   |  October 14, 2013

Frustration continues as default deadline nears

Lawmakers have three days to come to an agreement before the U.S. runs out of money to pay its bills. Frustrated Americans protested at the White House and some states are footing the bill to reopen national parks. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>>> today on a monday morning. i'm savannah guthrie .

>> i'm david gregory along side natalie morales and dylan dryer.

>> maybe you can explain what's going on in washington.

>> i don't think we'll get to thursday without a deal.

>> we're seeing tempers fly on all sides right now.

>> absolutely. that's today's top story this morning. the push to end the government shutdown taking on new urgency with the u.s. days from losing it's ability to borrow money. peter alexander is at the white house this morning with the very latest. good morning, peter.

>> reporter: good morning, david. no deal in sight and not a lot of progress here. the next days will be critical on the u.s. closing in on a thursday deadline. that's when the government could begin defaulting on it's bills. a heavy focus will be on the financial markets including the stock market open today on the holiday that could put more pressure on republicans and democrats to finally make a deal. with just three days until the u.s. is expected to run out of money to pay it's bills it's hardly inspiring, the top party leaders in the senate talking is touted as a break through.

>> i'm positive today.

>> reporter: among the sticking points spending levels, the length of a short-term deal to reopen the government as well as any extension of the nation's borrowing limit.

>> to my colleagues in the house and senate we're ruining both institutions.

>> reporter: with the shutdown in it's third week americans on both sides are furious. frustrations on display across washington sunday where tea party protestors piled barracades in front of the white house . those were carried from the closed world war ii memorial where sarah palin and ted cruz rallied conservatives.

>> our veterans should be above politics. enough games.

>> reporter: some states have given up waiting for the federal government , footing the bill to reopen national parks themselves. mount rushmore today, the statue of liberty and the grand canyon over the weekend. still, americans are hurt and in response pulling together. in iowa, moms have donations after setting up a facebook page to help parents that lost government benefits.

>> we just need to pull together as a nation and start filling in these gaps and get through this together.

>> reporter: so a lot of politics at play here. some republicans are accusing the democrats of overreaching and trying to capitalize on the republican parties flipping poll numbers. an agreement is possible in the house soon but whether they'll go along