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Obama and Democratic Lawmakers Discuss Challenges Ahead


President Obama will make a rare trip to Capitol Hill Tuesday to make sure Democratic lawmakers are all on the same page before battling it out with Republicans over several issues in the coming months.

Congress faces a big deadline: it must approve a budget before October first or face a possible government shutdown. Democrats already face a challenge as some Republicans say they won't approve any new budget if it includes Obamacare.

Another deadline coming up: the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling and could default on its loans unless Congress raises the borrowing limit. The same battle played out in 2011. The answer then were automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, which Democrats blame for the slow economic recovery.

"We've already lost 1.6 million jobs. Sequestration," said Majority Leader Harry Reid.

But Republicans say the cuts aren't the problem.

"Borrowing, spending, raising taxes, and over regulation are not a prescription for a vibrant economy," said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The 2011 debt ceiling debate led to America's credit being downgraded for the first time in history.

Immigration reform is another controversial topic on the Congressional agenda in September. House Republicans say they will vote on their own plan, despite the Senate's approval of a bi-partisan overhaul last month.


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