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President: 'Congress focused on politics...not on you.'
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 2:21pm
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- — President Barack Obama said Friday that a faction on the far right of the Republican Party was "actually willing to plunge America into default if we can't defund" health care reforms known as Obamacare.
The Republican-led House on Friday passed a short-term spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare, setting off a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate that could result in a government shutdown in less than two weeks.
The President said that Congress was not focused on the middle class in the current budget debate, telling workers at a Ford Motor Company in Liberty, Missouri, that legislators were "focused on politics, they're focused on trying to mess with me, they're not focused on you."
On Thursday, the Republican-led U.S. House approved legislation that would cut $40 billion from food stamps, which would force some 14 million people from that program over the next decade.
The measure, however, has little chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama has promised to veto it if it ever reaches his desk.