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President Takes Tougher Budget Stance

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FILE - President Barack Obama, shown speaking at the White House in August, says it's time for Congress to "do its job" and reach agreements on budget priorities.

FILE - President Barack Obama, shown speaking at the White House in August, says it's time for Congress to "do its job" and reach agreements on budget priorities.

President Barack Obama is urging Congress to promptly approve a bill to fund the government so as to avoid hurting the economy at a time when global growth is slowing.

Speaking Friday to reporters at the White House, Obama said he would not sign any more "shortsighted" measures that cover brief periods and leave disputes over major issues unresolved.

He spoke just days after signing a temporary measure worked out between the Republican majority and Obama's Democratic Party allies in Congress. That measure expires December 11.

Previous political squabbles have cut off government funding, and the last such battle in 2013 forced much of the government to shut down temporarily. Political analysts say another such confrontation is possible in December.

Obama said it is time for Congress to "do its job" and reach agreements on budget priorities. He also said political bickering and ill-considered budget cuts hurt consumer confidence, economic growth and American global leadership.

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