US stocks are heading lower as lawmakers continue to work on a deal to avoid a US default and reopen the government.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 39 points, or 0.3%, to 15,261 as of noon Tuesday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down three points, or 0.2%, at 1,707. The Nasdaq composite index fell four, or 0.1%, to 3,809.
The US is expected to reach its borrowing limit on Thursday, jeopardizing its ability to pay its bills. Meanwhile a partial shutdown of the federal government is in its 15th day.
Eight of the 10 industry groups in the S&P 500 fell, with the biggest declines in utilities and consumer discretionary stocks, a category that includes retailers.
Stocks were mostly higher in Europe.