WASHINGTON (CNN) - The President is taking some heat on a range of issues.
Wednesday, the White House budget office ordered federal agencies to get ready for a potential government shutdown.
Under pressure, as a government shutdown looms, President Obama spoke to business leaders Wednesday about the battles ahead.
"What we now have is an ideological fight that's been mounted in the House of Representatives that says we're not going to pass a budget and we will threaten a government shutdown unless we repeal the Affordable Care Act," said the President.
On Capitol Hill, House Republicans announced plans to vote to block the President's signature domestic achievement, Obamacare, as part of a bill to keep the government running past the end of the month.
The latest impasse leaves the President facing growing concerns about his ability to get things done on Capitol Hill.
Nine months into his second term, his agenda appears to be in trouble.
Even if diplomacy eventually prevails in Syria, the President's abbreviated effort to win congressional approval for strikes saw resistance from republicans and fellow democrats.
It was democrats who helped squash Obama’s top choice to head the Federal Reserve, Larry Summers, who pulled himself out of contention
According to Stu Rothenberg, Rothenberg Report, "Many Presidents have problems in second terms. What's unusual is this President has had such solid Democratic support until now and now some Democrats are showing that they're somewhat shakier."
The President's push for new gun control measures and a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration system have also stalled, and critics called his political speech on Monday, bashing republicans over the budget as the Navy Yard shooting unfolded just miles away, tone deaf.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd writing: "The man, who connected so electrically and facilely in 2008, cannot seem to connect anymore."
So what does all this mean for the President?
"The President needs to change the discussion, and I think he's trying to after Syria, much more to the Republicans are extreme, and the Republicans are uncooperative, change the focus back to the Republican Party,” said Rothenberg. “But right now, no question, he's on the defensive and he has a lot more to prove now than he did just a few months ago."
Even if a Government shutdown is avoided, Congress still has to vote to raise the debt ceiling this fall, so the government can keep paying its bills.
Republicans are promising to take the fight over Obamacare to that debate as well