David Jackson, USA TODAY
USA TODAY - President Obama said Monday he is "not at all resigned" to the prospect of a long government shutdown, and said he expects to speak with congressional lawmakers later in the day.
Obama also said he would likely talk to members of Congress in the days ahead, if they miss a midnight deadline that would trigger a partial shutdown.
Criticizing House Republicans for seeking to de-fund his health care law through the budget process, Obama said halting some government operations would harm economic recovery.
GOP members should "set aside short-term politics and look at the long-term here," Obama told reporters after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
If Congress and the White House do not agree on a temporary spending plan, major parts of the government will shut down when the fiscal year expires at midnight.
House Republicans passed a plan over the weekend that would delay the Obama health care plan for a year -- Obama and members of the Democratic-run Senate say that is unacceptable.
The president proposed that House Republicans pass a Senate-cleared temporary spending bill with no conditions, and that the parties negotiate long-term budget issues -- including an increase in the debt ceiling, which the government expects to hit on Oct. 17.
"What it simply requires is for everybody to act responsibly," Obama said.
Obama did not specify whether he would meet with lawmakers in person on Monday, or speak to them over the phone.
Beyond the budget dispute is the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling. Obama said that, without an increase, the government faces the prospect of a default on existing bills.