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Obama says Congress needs to get to work

Obama says Congress needs to get to work

September 20th, 2013 in News

CLAYCOMO, Mo. (AP) - President Barack Obama has used an appearance at a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City to urge Congress to stop threats of a government shutdown and agree to raise the debt ceiling.

Obama said Friday that refusing to raise the debt ceiling is like buying a pickup truck and then refusing to make the payments. He said when individuals don't pay their bills, collectors start calling and "your credit goes south."

Obama says the same thing happens when a country doesn't pay its bills - interest rates will rise, and Ford will have fewer buyers for its vehicles.

The metaphor was tailored for the audience at Ford's Claycomo plant, which makes the popular F-150 pickup truck.