Monday, September 30, 2013
What Obama said to Congress as shutdown looms
White House late Monday issued a statement regarding President Obama's call to
congressional leaders on the issue of the budget.
The release is posted her unedited:
of the President’s Calls to the Congressional Leadership
evening, the President placed separate calls to Senate Majority Leader Reid,
Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner and Democratic Leader Pelosi.
The President made clear that Congress has two jobs to do: pay the bills on
time and pass a budget on time. Failure to fulfill those responsibilities is
harmful to our economy, small businesses and middle class families across the
President made clear to the Republican Leadership that they must act, as the
Senate has, to pass the bill that funds the government for six weeks that
doesn’t include any extraneous ideological riders. The President urged the
House to bring up this clean Continuing Resolution for a vote tonight to keep
the government open and avoid a shutdown.
President reinforced with the Republican Leaders that he will continue to
oppose any politically-motivated attempts to defund or delay the Affordable
Care Act, attempts which would never pass the Senate or become law. And he
reiterated that he will not negotiate on the debt limit: Congress must pay the
bills it has already incurred and avoid a devastating blow to our economy.
President expressed his gratitude to the Democratic Leaders for their efforts
to support and pass a clean bill that funds the government at current levels,
and made clear that leaders in Washington have a responsibility to do more than
just avert disaster. That’s why the President will continue to work with
members in both parties to pass a budget that protects the kinds of investments
we need to grow the economy, create good jobs and build a better bargain for
the middle class.