Sep. 20 - President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Friday to approve an increase in the U.S. debt ceiling. Rough cut. (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama, gripped in another budget battle, challenged the Congress to approve an increase in the U.S. debt ceiling or else the United States will be unable to pay its bills. If that happens, "We're deadbeats," Obama says. He made the statement while addressing a group of automakers in Kansas City, Missouri. Obama scolded Republicans for trying to gut funding for his signature healthcare law in exchange for a debt limit increase, and vowed that he would not be pressured into negotiating with "the full faith and credit of the United States." Twin deadlines face Washington, with a budget deal needed by September 30 to avoid a federal government shutdown, and a separate agreement necessary by mid-October to prevent the United States from defaulting on its national debt.