A visibly frustrated President Obama said Tuesday that Democrats have agreed on how much to cut from the budget and that he won’t accept another temporary spending bill that House Republicans are rallying behind to prevent aÂ government shutdown this weekend.
“We’ve already done that twice,” Obama said in a surprise appearance at the White HouseÂ briefing room. “That is not a way to run a government. “I can’t have our agencies making plans based on two-week budgets.”
Obama said both sides are closer than ever to a deal and that politics shouldn’t stand in the way of preventing a shutdown that would harm theÂ economicÂ recovery.
“There is no reason why we should not get an agreement,” Obama said. “At a time when the economy is just beginning to grow, the last thing we need is a disruption that’s caused by a government shutdown.”
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were to meet on Capitol Hill later Tuesday to continue negotiations, Obama said, adding that if that meeting does not lead to a deal, he would summon the pair back to the White House Wednesday.
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