WASHINGTON (November 2, 2013) Budget negotiations in Congress are about choices and priorities, President Barack Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday.
Mr. Obama urged Congress to pass a budget that includes spending on education, infrastructure and research.
He said there's an obsession with cutting spending just for the sake of cutting and said it's not helping grow the economy.
He pointed out that deficits are falling fast on his watch.
House and Senate budget negotiators hope to strike a deal that would avert a new round of automatic cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic programs.
In the Republican address, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., criticized Mr. Obama over the problem-plagued health care website and insurance cancellation notices that some Americans have received.
He said the health care law can't be fixed and Americans should start over.
Obama address: www.whitehouse.gov