President Obama apparently expects the government shutdown to last until at least Thursday, when he is scheduled to give another speech calling on Congress to reopen the government.
The White House said Tuesday that Mr. Obama will visit a construction company in Washington, D.C., to highlight the threat to the economy from a continued shutdown and a failure to raise the nation’s borrowing limit.
“The president will urge Congress to do its job,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.
Asked if the event means that the president expects the government to still be shut down on Thursday, Mr. Carney replied, “The House Republicans have the opportunity to reopen the government five minutes from now. We hope they do.”