Debt-limit bill passes Congress; Obama says more needed

President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, following the Senate's passing of the debt ceiling agreement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday a just-passed bill to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and cut spending was a first step toward ensuring the United States lives within its means but that more was needed to rebuild the world’s largest economy.

Speaking at the White House, Obama made clear he expects tax reform to emerge from deliberations by a new committee of Democrats and Republicans to be established by the legislation and that a “balanced approach” in which the wealthier pay more taxes is needed for more deficit reduction.

Obama, a Democrat, said uncertainty from the bitter debt debate had been an impediment to business but the economic recovery also suffered from unforeseen problems such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Obama urged Congress to pass stalled trade bills and said he wants tax cuts for the middle class and unemployment benefits extended.

“Both parties share power in Washington. And both parties need to take responsibility for improving this economy,” Obama said shortly after the Senate passed the debt bill and sent it to him for signing into law.

“I’ll be discussing additional ideas in the weeks ahead to help companies hire, invest and expand.”

Obama chided U.S. political leaders for taking so long to resolve the impasse over the debt ceiling, bringing the country close to an unprecedented default.

“We have seen in the past few days that Washington has the ability to focus when there is a timer ticking down and when there is a looming disaster,” he said. “It shouldn’t take the risk of default, the risk of economic catastrophe, to get folks in this town to work together and do their jobs.”

Obama also urged the Senate to break an impasse that has resulted in a partial shutdown of federal aviation programs.

“There is another stalemate in Congress right now involving our aviation industry which has stalled airport construction projects all around the country and put the jobs of tens of thousands of construction workers and others at risk because of politics,” he said.

“It’s another Washington-inflicted wound on America and Congress needs to break that impasse now, hopefully before the Senate adjourns, so these folks can get back to work.”

3 Responses to "Debt-limit bill passes Congress; Obama says more needed"

  1. b mcclellan  August 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Dear, oh Dear, Mr President,
    You Sir are a windbag that couldn’t muster the executive power to blow a flea off a dogs ass in a hurricane !
    I liken you to a pair of false teeth with gum rot.
    Your underhanded double dealing will make you a pariah in hell of all places.
    The one sided flag of respect for leadership shall wear your two-faced visage.
    The liars club would disband if you sought membership amongst.
    Did I mention middle America is fed up with the 535 ?

  2. incog99  August 3, 2011 at 12:43 am

    It is the end of America as we know it. The super committee (supreme Soviet) will usurp Congress henceforth. This is unconstitutional.

  3. Carl Nemo  August 3, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Thanks incog99 for your spot-on comment. Your thoughts about the “Supreme Soviet” are closer to the truth than you or anyone else might realize. It’s truly a ‘piece of cake’ for these shadowy usurpers in that our ‘congress’ (dimunitive) has devolved into simply a hand-clapping ‘politburo’ with reference to the failed ‘sovietski’ empire of yore…no? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

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