Speaking from the White House press briefing room on Friday, President Obama said that the United States Congress has two responsibilities – “[passing a] budget on time and [paying] our bills on time” — and that it was now up to House Republicans to finish the job the upper chamber started this afternoon.

Indeed, he said, the U.S. Senate “acted responsibly” today by passing a continuing resolution that would fund the government through November, ensuring that vital government services remain open to the public. But so far, he added, “Republicans have refused to move forward” on a serious spending proposal. That is, one that doesn’t cut funding from his signature legislative achievement: Obamacare.

He quickly speculated why that was the case.

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