Obama Says He’s Reaching Out; GOP Wants Balanced Budget

WASHINGTON (March 9, 2013)--President Barack Obama said Saturday he's reaching out to lawmakers from both parties in hopes of breaking the gridlock that has stymied progress on budget issues in Washington.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Mr. Obama said he's talking with Republicans about ways to replace the automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1.

He said immigration reform and gun control are other areas in which he's hopeful Democrats and Republicans can find common ground.

He said even though unemployment fell to 7.7 percent last month, expanding the economy is still his top priority.

In the Republican address, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said he’s worried that Senate Democrats will unveil a budget next week that won't curb the nation's debt.

He insisted that lawmakers must balance the federal budget.

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