WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama, during a speech about a shooting of U.S. military personnel at Washington D.C.’s Navy Yard, brought partisan politics into the discussion.
Reuters reported that Obama told the GOP from his bully pulpit that he will not back down from debt ceiling negotiations.
The newest deadline is this fall for Congress and Obama, which Obama had used to try as leverage during his first months of his second term as president. But, this sidetracks from his current foreign policy debacle in Syria, where he threatened the use of American military force and quickly retreated when Russia responded in kind.
Ignoring the fact that his party, the Democrats, have not passed a single budget in the Senate (while the GOP has tried to pass a budget in the House), Obama called for a budget negotiation to take place on his terms.
“Let’s stop the threats. Let’s stop the political posturing, let’s keep our government open. Let’s pay our bills on time. Let’s pass a budget”
Obama highlighted what he saw as economic progress since the 2008 financial crisis, which has not improved since he took office. With unemployment rates hovering a little over 7%, decreasing full-time employment and soaring part-time employment numbers (in part due to ObamaCare), Obama praised his own policies that have led to some progress.
The GOP said it will not raise the debt ceiling one more time, when they already did so during the last set of negotiations. It may have to hold the line when the deadline approaches.