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Obama: ‘Let’s stop the excuses. Let’s take a vote in the House.’

President Obama addressed the nation Tuesday regarding the government shutdown, telling Congress to take a vote on a continuing resolution to end the government shutdown. (The Washington Post)

In remarks at the White House Tuesday afternoon, President Obama called on Congress to reopen the government and raise the federal debt ceiling, stressing that he was willing to negotiate with the GOP after threats to the economy were lifted.

"Let's stop the excuses. Let's take a vote in the House.," Obama said.

“I am happy to talk with him and other Republicans about anything,” Obama said after talking with House Speaker John A. Boehner. “I also told him that having such a conversation, talks, negotiations, shouldn’t require hanging the threats of a government shutdown or economic chaos over the heads of the American people.”

“No American president would deal with a foreign leader like this,” he said. “We shouldn’t be dealing this way here in Washington.”

Obama said he has tried all year to negotiate with Republicans on the budget but didn’t achieve success.

“We’ve been talking all kinds of business,” he said. “What we haven’t been able to get is serious positions from the Republicans that would actually allow us to solve core differences.”

Obama urged Americans not to be complacent about the threat of default.

“As reckless as a government shutdown is, the economic shutdown caused by America defaulting would be dramatically worse,” he said.

“Even though people can see and feel the effects of the government shutdown, there are still some people out there who don’t believe default is a real thing.”




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