Update: After speaking with House Speaker Boehner, President Obama said that a budget agreement is close and that a government shutdown can be avoided stating that “the only question is whether politics or ideology is going to get in the way.”
“There is no reason why we shouldn’t get an agreement,” Obama said during a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room.”
The President also stated that he will be meeting with Boehner and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid at 4:00 p.m. to “try and resolve remaining budget disputes. See Obama: ‘Politics and ideology’ should not trigger shutdown – The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency.