Obama invites congressional leaders to White House on deficit talks
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress Tuesday to take serious action in ongoing talks to reduce the deficit and raise the country's debt ceiling, DPA reported.
Obama said he had invited congressional leaders from both parties to meet for serious talks on the issues at the White House on Thursday.
"We've got a unique opportunity to do something big, to tackle our deficit in a way that forces our government to live within its means, that puts our economy on a stronger footing for the future and still allows us to invest in that future," Obama told reporters at the White House.
Members of the Senate cancelled plans Tuesday to vote on a measure authorizing military action in Libya in order to focus on the country's fiscal problems.