WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's day 13 of the government shutdown and the U.S. is just days from defaulting on its loans.
The Senate gathered on Capitol Hill today to discuss an endgame while hundreds of veterans protested outside.
Veterans piled up barricades outside the White House as tempers flared over the closure of war memorials on the National Mall.
Riot police diffused the situation, as hundreds of veterans forced open the world war two memorial.
Cynee Kapes, a veteran, says, "I'm just so ashamed of our government doing this to not only myself but all our veterans."
Fellow veteran Reginald Jenkins says,"We send money over to different country's every day, yet we can't take care of our own here."
Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, the Senate held a rare Sunday session.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are trying to hammer out a deal that could also pass the House.
The two spoke by phone but failed to break the impasse.
In a statement, McConnell says there is a well-supported, bipartisan plan in place that would "reopen the government, prevent a default and provide the Opportunity for additional budget negotiations around Washington's long-term debt."
While there is some optimism, both parties are under intense pressure with little time left to act.