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Obama asks Congress for short-term budget fix

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 9, 2013 at 11:13 a.m.

— President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to pass another short-term mix of spending cuts and tax changes while they hash out a broader budget deal.

Lawmakers face a March 1 deadline when automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, already postponed once, take effect.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said he still wants a comprehensive package that deals with the debt. But he says that takes time. He’s asking lawmakers to move forward with a short-term deal as they continue working on a longer-term solution.

He said if the cuts aren’t averted, the military, middle-class families and the economy could suffer.

In the Republican address, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said the U.S. must ramp up domestic energy production by streamlining regulations, investing in research and approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas.

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GAITOR says... February 9, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

The Liar in Cheif is just that. He won't sign a Bill that does what really needs to be done, even if Congress were to pass one, which they won't, becuase the Senate will not agree with the House on the needed spending cuts. The bad news is we had our chance to change Washington for the better last Nov. The good news is we have another chance in 2014 and again in 2016.

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LSS says... February 9, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.

Gaitor - Better hope BO doesn't push for a third term. Does 3rd world country ring a bell??

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