The economy, the government shutdown, and the debt ceiling dispute dominate President Obama's schedule Wednesday in different ways.
In the afternoon, Obama will make his long-anticipated nomination of Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve board.
Yellen, currently the board's vice chair, would replace Ben Bernanke if confirmed by the Senate.
While Obama may mention the shutdown and debt ceiling in his speech for Yellen, he will zero in on those issues during interviews with anchors from four local television stations. (The White House has not identified which stations will interview Obama.)
Wednesday is the ninth day of the government shutdown. In eight days, the Treasury Department says the nation will hit its $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, creating the possibility of a default on U.S. debts and what Obama calls the prospect of an "economic shutdown."
During his interviews with local television anchors, Obama plans to discuss "how the government shutdown has affected their communities and how an economic shutdown would be even worse."
Obama is also scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon with House Democrats, the first in a series of meetings with Congress in the coming days.