President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to use the momentum of its sweeping two-year budget deal to get moving on spending bills that can give the economy a needed jolt and warned against getting distracted by partisan motivations.
“This agreement is a reminder that Washington can still choose to help, rather than hinder, America’s progress, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it reaches my desk. After that, Congress should build on this by getting to work on spending bills that invest in America’s priorities without getting sidetracked by ideological provisions that have no place in America’s budget process,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House Friday morning.
The two-year budget deal, passed by the Senate in the early hours of Friday morning, marks a rare bipartisan achievement for Congress, which has largely been gridlocked during Obama’s second term. Lawmakers for the most part have been passing a series of stop-gap spending bills, as fights over issues such as Obamacare and Planned Parenthood have jammed up the usual budgeting process.