WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the economic recovery will stall if Congress can't agree on spending cuts and avoid a government shutdown.
The current budget expires Friday. House Republicans have proposed $4 billion in cuts as part of legislation to keep the government functioning through the middle of March.
They are urging Senate Democrats to accept that approach to avoid a shutdown. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says that gridlock isn't an option, "for the sake of our people and our economy."
Meanwhile, in the Republican address, newly elected Senator Rob Portman says his party's goal is to "make sensible reductions" in spending and create a positive atmosphere for job creation, not shut down government.
Portman also accuses President Barack Obama of failing to make tough spending choices in his 2012 budget proposal.
The Associated Press