President Barack Obama reiterates his call for lawmakers to quickly pass a budget before an end of September deadline to prevent a government shutdown. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) As lawmakers gets set to return from their summer recess, President Barack Obama warned Congress that he would veto any budget that he said could harm the economy. "If Congress wants to support working Americans and strengthen our middle class, they can pass a budget that invests in, not makes cuts to, the middle class," he said in his weekly address on Saturday (September 5). Calling America's economy a "relative bright spot in the world", Obama urged lawmakers to pass a budget in Congress and avoid a shutdown that would hurt the middle class. Lawmakers have been away from Washington for a summer break for about six weeks. When they return on Sept. 8, they will have less than a month to resolve fiscal issues that have become entangled in the campaign for the next presidential election in 2016. Last week, Obama said the U.S. budget should end automatic cuts to military and domestic spending known as "sequestration" and instead invest in the military, infrastructure, schools and research.