Obama: Focus on budget, immigration, farm bill

Obama: Focus on budget, immigration, farm bill

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 16: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing room at the White House after the U.S. Senate voted to end the government shutdown and raise the dept limit on October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says now that the shutdown is over, leaders in Washington should focus on a budget, immigration reform and a farm bill.

Obama laid out his agenda the morning after signing a bill reopening the government and averting a default.

He says the first focus should be on reaching a budget agreement. Congressional negotiators starting discussing that issue Thursday.

Obama says both parties should pursue a budget that lowers deficits, invests in education and infrastructure, cuts unnecessary spending and closes corporate loopholes.

Obama also says Congress should finish an immigration bill by the end of the year. An overhaul passed the Senate but stalled in the House.

Obama's third priority is to pass an overdue farm bill. The House and Senate are at odds on that issue, too.

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