Obama urges Congress to fund government, Republicans quarrel

snU.S. President Barack Obama gestures while addressing news conference in the State Dining Room at the White House in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday urged the U.S. Congress to take steps soon to fund the federal government in 2016 and raise its nearly exhausted borrowing authority, but acknowledged that Republican political turmoil in Congress will complicate that. “I will not sign another shortsighted spending bill,” Obama told reporters, warning that a temporary budget patch approved this week by lawmakers presents the risk of a new fiscal crisis before Christmas. On Wednesday, just hours before a midnight deadline when government agency funds were due to run out, Congress extended current spending levels through Dec. 11.

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