Obama to discuss budget priorities with Democratic leaders

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Barack Obama blasts GOP presidential candidates, says they yap about ‘doom and gloom’.

The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate plan to huddle with President Barack Obama on Thursday to discuss strategy as Congress prepares for some momentous decisions on how best to keep the federal government operating. WASHINGTON — President Obama slammed the GOP presidential field on Wednesday, saying there’s “nothing particularly patriotic” about their “doom and gloom” rhetoric. “They don’t seem to offer many solutions to the disasters they perceive, but they’re quick to tell you who to blame,” he continued. “There’s nothing particularly patriotic or American about talking down America, especially when we stand as one of the few sources of economic strength in the world.” “Despite the perennial doom and gloom that I guess is inevitably part of a presidential campaign, America is winning right now,” Obama said. “America is great right now. And it followed a series of tweets from Obama on Tuesday defending his economic record and the progress the country has made since the 2008 financial crisis. “This whole notion that somehow we’re getting out-competed, out-dealt, out-this, out-that, we’re losing, we’re—nobody outside the United States understands what we’re talking about,” Obama said on Wednesday. “Overall, our cards are so much better than everybody else’s.” On Twitter after the event, Obama offered up an example of what he thinks “makes America great.” “Cool clock, Ahmed,” read a message on the president’s verified Twitter account, an apparent reference to reports of a 14-year-old Muslim boy in Texas who was detained by police this week for bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a possible bomb. “Want to bring it to the White House? A few weeks later, Congress will likely have to vote to raise the debt ceiling so that the government can borrow money to meet its existing financial commitments.

We should inspire more kids like you to like science.” (No charges against the boy have been reported.) Obama is not the only one picking up Trump’s own language and running with it. McConnell reiterated on Wednesday that there will be a negotiation with the White House over easing cuts to both the Pentagon and domestic programs, a key demand of Obama’s. In a speech to business leaders Wednesday, Obama told Congress to aim higher than just passing a budget. “If we don’t reverse the cuts that are currently in place, a lot of the drivers of growth that your companies depend on — research, job training, infrastructure, education for our workforce — they are going to be reduced effectively at a time when other countries around the world are racing to get ahead of us,” Obama told members of the Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs from large companies.

He also would like to see Congress deal with all the vexing budget issues at once. “We have all kinds of things that are gonna come due about the same time,” Reid said. “We shouldn’t have a multitude of these fights. Today, some are suggesting the government should be shut down because they don’t like Planned Parenthood,” Obama said. “That’s not good sense, and it’s not good business.” To reach a deal, the GOP-led Congress must take steps that include overcoming opposition from some lawmakers who want to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Some conservatives also face pressure to keep government spending within the levels agreed to through the 2011 legislation. “Hard-working Americans deserve to have their policymakers live up to their promises on spending,” said a letter to members of Congress signed by numerous conservative groups, including the Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform. Going into the budget showdown, Obama is trying to make the case that the economy has greatly improved and that Congress shouldn’t do anything that would jeopardize economic growth.

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