White House urges Congress 'do its job,' find solution to end fiscal impasse

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The White House urgedCongress on Saturday to "do its job" and find a solution to enda fiscal impasse over raising the U.S. debt ceiling and end agovernment shutdown after the Senate rejected a Democratic plan.

A statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney saidit was unfortunate that the Senate Democratic plan failed topass because it would have taken the threat of a debt defaultoff the table ahead of a looming Thursday deadline.

"Congress must do its job and raise the debt limit to paythe bills we have incurred and avoid default," said Carney.

With five days left until the government runs out ofborrowing authority, said Carney, "Congress needs to moveforward with a solution that reopens the government and allowsus to pay our bills."

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