In his weekly address, President Obama says Congress needs to pass a long-term budget to avoid another government shutdown. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama is urging Congress to take steps soon to pass a 'serious budget.' In his weekly address, Obama said he would not sign another "shortsighted, short-term spending bill," warning that a temporary budget patch approved this week by lawmakers presents the risk of a new fiscal crisis before Christmas. On Wednesday, just hours before a midnight deadline when government agency funds were due to run out, Congress extended current spending levels through Dec. 11. That left only 10 weeks to set a budget for the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, 2016. "Look, that's not the way America should operate. It just kicks the can down the road without solving any problems or doing any long-term planning for the future," said Obama. Obama urged Congress to carry out a smooth, quick debt limit increase to avoid wider economic damage. Many conservative Republicans balk at raising the debt limit without a plan in place for long-term deficit reduction. Obama also wants to lift tough caps on federal spending enacted a few years ago. Some conservative Republicans want to exceed the cap for the military, but not domestic programs. "Congress should do its job, stop kicking the can down the road, and pass a serious budget rather than flirt with another shutdown," said Obama.