President Barack Obama urges Congress to avoid a government shut down by passing a spending bill that is not attached to ''ideological'' issues like abortion funding by women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood. (No reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama urged Congress again on Saturday (September 19) to avoid shutting down the government starting on Oct. 1, as Republicans in the House of Representatives struggled to get enough votes earlier in the week to pass a bill to fund it. Some conservatives want to punish women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood by denying the group federal funds. Their efforts to attach it to a broader funding bill are complicating a bid to keep the government running. Planned Parenthood faces allegations, which it denies, of improperly selling fetal tissue from abortions. "Democrats are ready to sit down and negotiate with Republicans right now but it should be over legitimate issues, like how much do we invest in education, job training and infrastructure?" Obama said in his weekly address to the nation. "Not unrelated ideological issues like planned parenthood," he continued.