U.S. President Barack Obama has called for passage of a budget he is sending to Congress next week, saying it includes ideas both parties can support.
In his weekly address Saturday, the president said his top priority is improving the economy by supporting the growth of a rising, thriving middle class.
He warned that deep, across-the-board budget cuts now in place will cost the economy hundreds of thousands of jobs a year.
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On Friday, the U.S. government said the labor markets have grown at the rate of some 200,000 jobs a month since late last year, but payrolls only increased by 88,000 jobs in March - the smallest increase in seven months.
In the Republican address, Governor Sam Brownback of the central state of Kansas says that ideas for fixing the federal government are coming from the states.
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