In an address that marked the public opening of fall budget negotiations, Obama warned that he won't negotiate over raising the debt limit with lawmakers intent on killing Obamacare.
"Are they really willing to hurt people just to score political points? I hope not," Obama said. "But in case there's any confusion, I will not negotiate over whether or not America keeps its word and meets its obligations. I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States."
On the fifth anniversary of the financial crisis, Obama took a moment in remarks at the
The White House issued a 49-page report detailing the administration's action to help the country recover from the crisis, as Obama publicly warned of the weakening in the economy that could be triggered by even the hint of a fight over the debt ceiling.
Just the suggestion of default in 2011 slowed U.S. economic growth, White House aides argue.
But Republicans laid the responsibility for the slow economic recovery on the president.
"Employers are cutting hours and payrolls to survive Obamacare," said Alexander, the top Republican on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, arguing that the GOP wants to expand business by reducing regulations, while Obama wants to satisfy "big labor bosses and destroy jobs."