U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Democrats and Republicans to work on their budget differences to end the fiscal logjam, saying he is willing to talk with Republicans after the threats of government shutdown and debt default are removed, Xinhua reported.
Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives do not get to demand ransom for doing their basic jobs of funding the government, warned Obama at a press conference in the White House.
"Let's pass a budget. Let's end the government shutdown," he proposed.
Obama urged U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to hold a vote immediately to pass a funding bill and reopen the government.
The U.S. federal government lurched into a shutdown after Congress failed to pass a funding bill before Oct. 1, the first day of the 2014 fiscal year. Republicans in the House of Representatives were demanding changes to Obama's signature health care law, or Obamacare, in exchange for funding the government, which the White House opposes.
The United States cannot afford the manufactured crisis, and both parties should lift the threats for U.S. families and businesses, Obama said.