With a deadline right around the corner, legislators still see no deal in sight.
The clock is ticking. Congress needs something in writing tonight. Americans are frustrated.
Wendy Williams of Washington, D.C. said, "Get it done and go on to the next thing. What is their problem?"
Anthony Frye of Washington D.C. said, "It's about power, control. We're caught in the middle."
There is reportedly an 8 to 10 billion dollar gap between what Democrats and Republicans are willing to cut.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions said, "We can't stick our head in the sand, we cannot be in denial."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "The other side is simply isn't being reasonable."
The Tea Party is insisting on a full 61 billion dollars in cuts.
Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly said, "Let's pin the tail on that donkey and get the message out that it's time to do what's right."
Democrats claim those cuts will slash college grants and children's health insurance.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "As long as we're focusing on nickel and diming poor people, we are not having the debate that is worthy of our country and our people."
President Obama is bringing the Senate's top Democrat and the Republican House Speaker to the White House today, hoping for compromise.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "There is still ample room for common ground to be found."
If not, Republicans are pitching a one-week extension to cut 12 billion and keep government running.