President Barack Obama says with unemployment at a two year low and jobs being added to the economy, he is appealing Congress to help keep the economic momentum going.
During his weekly address Saturday, Mr. Obama stressed that the same bi-partisan teamwork that led to tax cuts needs to continue in order to reach an agreement on the federal budget.
The president says the only way his administration and Republicans can reach a common ground is if they sit at the same table and work out their differences.
Mr. Obama says both Republicans and Democrats must come work together in putting the country on a sustainable course that creates jobs, and prepares our citizens better than anyone else in the world.
In the Republican weekly address, Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black said that while Mr. Obama talks about the country living within its means, his budget just represents more out of control government spending.
Representative Black say the country needs a new approach that removes barriers to job growth, which she identified as over-regulation, taxation, and debt.
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