The Big Question: Is There a Deal on the Table Good Enough?

The House and Senate battle it out with their own plans to end the shutdown and avoid default.
2:16 | 10/15/13

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washington. Abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl there, tracking that day of chaos and confusion. Jon? Reporter: Diane, tonight, the obama administration is saying that looming credit downgrade showing just how urgent it is that congress act right away. As one senior white house official just told me, if congress does not move by tomorrow, we are, quote, taking a very big risk. Audrey morrison, who was injured in a training accident while serving in the michigan national guard, drove all night to deliver a message to washington. End the government shutdown now. It's kind of getting kicked while you're already down. Reporter: She's worried her disability checks will stop, and so is disabled veteran gary benanatti. We don't need the bandage ripped off our wounds. That's what this is. Reporter: It's nearing zero hour. The house is making one last ditch effort to pass a bill the senate has already declared dead on arrival. And amid all the last-minute scrambling, president obama tonight, in an interview with wabc, says he doesn't even know if he can negotiate with john boehner anymore. There have been repeopled situations where we have agreements, then he goes back and it turns out he can't control his caucus. Reporter: And if a deal is struck, they are only talking about a temporary fix, setting up another sky is falling showdown in a few months. House republicans are in disarray tonight. They are so deeply divided, they may not be able to pass anything anymore to help forstall this crisis. In fact, diane, what I'm hearing from top house aides, privately, is that they believe that they are simply at the end of this process, just going to have to accept whatever the senate passes, if the senate can pass anything. In other words, diane, after all of this, bringing the economy to the brink, the republicans, the conservatives who drove this, will have nothing to show for it. And this would be tomorrow, jon? Reporter: Pretty much has to be tomorrow. That deadline is thursday, the day after tomorrow, so, something has to move. It has to move quickly. But right now, we are still in that statele of absolute deadlock, diane. All right, as you say, after all this. Jonathan karl at the white house tonight.

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