Nightly News   |  October 12, 2013

Senators try to hammer out shutdown deal

The action isn’t in the House. It’s in the Senate. Senators hope their negotiations can end the government shutdown. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>> end of pennsylvania avenue . kelly o'donnell joins us from capitol hill . any optimism there, kelly ?

>> there are some signs of it, lester. there are things to watch. first where the action is. it is not in the gop-run house. senators say they hope they can come together by monday or tuesday. if they get a deal that gets big support from both parties that could be a game-change er. now how much money the government spends on everything is a major sticking point. but the health care law , obama care is not a part of the conversations anymore. senators tell me they think if they can agree, that would put big pressure on house speaker john boehner and house republicans to do something before the next crisis point which comes thursday which is when the government borrowing authority runs out. one more note,s the name calling was toned down today. that is critical for the