Nightly News   |  October 14, 2013

Waiting for the Senate to create a bipartisan deal

Even if a deal is made to avoid debt default, it would only keep the government open until Jan. 15 which means we may be having the same debates again in 2014. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

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>> our chief white house correspondent chuck todd . chuck, what do you have to report from that end of pennsylvania avenue ?

>> reporter: the white house is sort of a bystander today. they really are allowing harry reid to do the work on the president's behalf. harry reid , the leader of the senate democrats . so right now this is a senate show. john boehner , the speaker of the house , is a bystander, and the president of the united states is somewhat of a bystander to see can the senate create a bipartisan deal. and brian, i feel like i'm being repetitive here. but this is going to look -- this feels like it's looking a lot like what happened at the end of 2012 when that big tax deal where the white house and the speaker of the house couldn't come to an agreement, and they had to let the senate do the work. now, if this senate deal goes into effect, realize this, brian. it only keeps the government open until january 15th . the debt limit until february 15th . so what does that really mean? you and i both know that it's very possible on january 14th , we're having the same conversation about wondering whether the government is going to shut down again, whether these republicans and the white house can get on the same page and do a big, large budget. and there is is no proof even in this deal that they can pull that off.

>> after two weeks of this, we all feel a little bit repetitive. chuck todd at the white house tonight. chuck,