US President Barack Obama has said the American people are “completely fed up with Washington,” calling for talks with Congress on the budget, immigration and farm legislation.
Obamaâ„¢s remarks came one day after a short-term deal, approved by US Congress and signed by the President, ended a 16-day federal government shutdown crisis Wednesday night.
Obama also called the last two weeks a “completely unnecessary” damage to the US economy.
“Now that the government is re-opened and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do,” he said.
Obama lectured members of Congress on their duty to serve the nation, urging them to negotiate with him instead of endangering the country with games of “brinkmanship.”
Stressing the importance of a functioning government for American people, he furthered his agenda in his morning speech in the State Dining Room of the White House by backing two major bills that passed the Democratic-controlled Senate earlier in the year but were blocked in the House: an overhaul of the US immigration system and a $500 billion farm bill.
“I understand we will not suddenly agree on everything now that the cloud of crisis has passed. Democrats and Republicans are far apart on a lot of issues,” he said. “And sometimes we’ll be just too far apart to forge an agreement. But that should not hold back our efforts in areas where we do agree.”
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