The combination of a stronger US Dollar and growing concerns over the debt stalemate in Washington pressured September crude oil during the initial morning hours. Fears that US lawmakers may not agree on increasing the debt ceiling ahead of the deadline has fueled concerns over future growth prospects. US debt default fears and ongoing uncertainty surrounding the European debt crisis are forces likely to weigh on crude oil demand. Some traders also pointed to private industry reports late Tuesday that showed a surprise increase in US crude inventories last week as a factor weighing on crude oil. Expectations for this morning's EIA report are for a draw in the range of 1.5 to 1.75 million barrels.