A week from today, the government will shut down if Congress is unable to pass a continuing resolution.
Last Friday, the House passed its version of the bill that would keep the government running, while defunding the Affordable Care Act.
This week, the Senate will take up the measure, and will likely remove the health care provision before sending it back to the House.
As the budget debate continues in Washington, President Obama heads to New York to open the United Nations General Assembly. Questions about Syria, Iran and Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are likely to be at the forefront of the meetings.
NPR's Charlie Mahtessian joins Here & Now to preview the week ahead in politics.
This segment aired on September 23, 2013.