President Obama said during his weekly address last week that the “manufactured” government shutdown hurt jobs and growth, adding that the way “business is done in Washington” needs to change.
“Now that these clouds of crisis and uncertainty have lifted, we need to focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do – grow the economy, create good jobs, strengthen the middle class, lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity, and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul,” Obama said.
Obama urged Congress to work together on the budget, immigration reform and a farm bill.
“First, we should sit down and pursue a balanced approach to a responsible budget, one that grows our economy faster and shrinks our long-term deficits further,” Obama said. “There is no choice between growth and fiscal responsibility – we need both… Second, we should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system. There’s already a broad coalition across America that’s behind this effort, from business leaders to faith leaders to law enforcement. It would grow our economy. It would secure our borders… Third, we should pass a farm bill – one that America’s farmers and ranchers can depend on, one that protects vulnerable children and adults in times of need, and one that gives rural communities opportunities to grow and the longer-term certainty they deserve.”
Obama said that while Republicans and Democrats will not agree on everything, they “shouldn’t hold back on places” where they are in agreement.
“Those of us who have the privilege to serve this country have an obligation to do our job the best we can,” Obama said. “We come from different parties, but we’re Americans first. And our obligations to you must compel all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to cooperate, and compromise, and act in the best interests of this country we love.”