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TODAY   |  October 18, 2013

Congress on recess after shutdown showdown

After a 16-day shutdown, many members of Congress have gone on recess until next week as technical glitches continue to impact Americans trying to sign up for Obamacare. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>> lawmakers are talking about how to avoid a repeat crisis one day after the shutdown came to an end. peter alexander is at the national zoo where the park is reopening today. peter, good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, matt.

>> we had this shutdown. it came about as the result of an attempt to either delay or defund obama care and the tactic didn't work but we understand now while the battle was lost by certain factions of the gop, the war over obama care is not over.

>> reporter: that's exactly right, matt. we heard from senator ted cruz . he was the architect of the conservative republicans, shutdown strategy and he said that he is going to continue to go after, whatever it takes to try to get rid of what he describes as the train wreck that is obama care but the fights overshadow the bigger problem and that is problems with the implementation of this law taking place right now. the website has been a pr disaster. the costs have ballooned. tech experts say it simply doesn't work right now and that's another place that's going to be a prime target for the critics of the president's new law that needs to be implemented over the course of the next several months.

>> and after all the dysfunction we have seen in congress over the last several weeks and with the work that has to be done between now and the two looming deadlines of january 15th and february 7th , where's congress right now, peter?

>> reporter: that's a good question. probably back at home with their families. they're certainly not here in washington . they are now in recess, matt. the house after three weeks that most americans think were wasted won't be back in washington until next tuesday. the senate is off for all of next week. we saw house speaker john boehner at the airport. a photo was taken of him that we can show you as well. capitol tours resume. that's a good news for tourists and there was a unified effort. there were leaders from republican and democratic sides meeting yesterday to go over the budget issue but the hour glass has turned over and the countdown clock begins again. we have less than 90 days until we reach the potential of another crisis. washington is like a zoo these days. if you pan the camera over, 10:00 this morning, the folks here get to see the zoo, the panda again, as it says, the humans and animals can't wait to see you.

>>> peter, thank you. we'll have much more on the shutdown's impact and the next move this weekend on "meet the press".