Obama reaching out to Republicans

2013-03-09 21:43

Washington - US President Barack Obama says he's reaching out to lawmakers from both parties in hopes of untangling the gridlock that has stymied progress on budget issues in Washington.

In his weekly radio and internet address, Obama said on Saturday that he's talking with Republicans about ways to replace the automatic spending cuts that took effect on 1 March.

He said immigration reform and gun control are other areas where he's hopeful Democrats and Republicans can find common ground.

Obama said that even though unemployment fell to 7.7% last month, expanding the economy is still his top priority.

In the Republican address, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama says he's worried that Senate Democrats will unveil a budget next week that won't curb the nation's debt.

He's insisting that lawmakers balance the federal budget.