President Barack Obama is meeting with the top four leaders of Congress ahead of a month's end deadline to fund the government or face a shutdown.
Lawmakers and the White House also are maneuvering toward a deal to fund the fight against the Zika virus amid warnings from government scientists that the money has essentially run out.
Obama's priorities for a lame-duck session of Congress may also be on the table at the White House Monday afternoon. These include a 12-nation Asia free-trade deal that is languishing on Capitol Hill.
Obama invited the GOP leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and their Democratic counterparts, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.