Countdown to Shutdown: Americans Caught in the Middle

Capitol Hill is a ghost town as hundreds of thousands of people face furloughs.
2:28 | 09/29/13

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You can see about seven states at least with some of thhi am concerned. Reporter: Across the government, from the labor department, where over 80% of the staff face furloughs. To the treasury department, to the pentagon. A looming shutdown that could delay first-time home mortgages, slow airport security lines and limit food safety inspections. The budget showdown, shining a light on faces of the bureaucracy, like maria, 27, with student loans, rent and fresh worry about her job at the defense department. Here we go again. I do live paycheck to paycheck. Reporter: And fears outside washington. Like in biloxi, mississippi, home to keisler air force base. Joe jones, whose livelihood depends on after work and lunchtime ahair cuts, has a message for congress. I think if they were to lose their paycheck like everybody else is going to lose their paycheck, that might motivate them to probably solve some of the problems they're facing right now. And jeff joins us now. Jeff, you pointed out the hundreds of thousands of americans who could be caught in the middle on this thing. I'm just curious tonight, how many people there behind you on capitol hill are working the phones, trying to solve this thing? Reporter: Well, david, I can tell you, not many. I mean, we walked the halls of capitol hill throughout the day. Almost no signs of life. And even worse, no behind the scenes negotiations happening. Everyone we talked to here on capitol hill and down at the white house say they're almost certain a shutdown, at least a short one, is coming monday night. David? A lot of folks are going to wonder why they are not working around the clock on this one. Jeff, our thanks to you.

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