Washington, Jan 15: President Barack Obama has warned congressional Republicans that he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling.
He said that Washington must increase the limit to pay its bills and that such brinksmanship would be ‘absurd’ and ‘irresponsible’.
He said that the issue was whether Washington will pay its bills, adding that there nation was not a deadbeat nation.
According to Fox News, Obama’s comments opened the roughly 30-minute White House question-and-answer session with reporters that focused largely on the debt ceiling and Obama’s gun-control plans in the aftermath of last month’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 26 were killed.
Obama, after the December 14 massacre to curb gun violence, vowed for stricter gun-control laws.
He said that if there is a step they can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, they will take that step.
Obama also said some of his proposed changes will require legislation and some of them can be accomplished through executive action.
The president used the press conference to attempt to frame the debt limit issue to the American public as one about the perils of not paying past debts – not about future spending, the report said.
According to the report, Republicans leaders responded by saying the debit limit debate is connected to spending, suggesting another round of intense negotiations when Congress returns later this month. (ANI)