By Jesse Byrnes
President Obama is pressing lawmakers to raise the federal debt ceiling and says he won't be drawn into negotiations.
"When it comes to the debt ceiling, we're not going back there," Obama said during a press conference in the State Dining Room of the White House on Friday.
His comments come after Treasury Secretary Jack LewJack LewWarren’s power on the rise Dem pushes Treasury for info on Syria sanctions Metlife battles ‘too big to fail’ designation MORE set a Nov. 5 deadline on Thursday for raising the debt limit to avert a potential default on current loans. That gives Congress just a few weeks to hammer out an agreement on the current $18.1 trillion limit.
"I do think there is still a path for us to come up with a reasonable agreement that raises the spending caps above sequester to make sure that we can properly finance both our defense and non-defense needs, that maintains a prudent control of our deficits and that we can do that in short order," Obama said.
"It's not that complicated. The math is the math," he added, saying he has spoken with BoehnerJohn BoehnerTop Lobbyists 2016: Hired Guns The Hill's 12:30 Report Rep. Meadows to run for Freedom Caucus chairman MORE, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP vulnerables dial back Hillary attacks Top Lobbyists 2016: Hired Guns Republicans make M investment in Senate races MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWarren’s power on the rise Republicans make M investment in Senate races Nevada's Heck won't say who he's backing for president MORE (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Congress on Wednesday passed a short-term bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 11.
Obama said Friday that "extraneous issues" should be kept out of budget talks, mentioning the current fight over funding Planned Parenthood.
"You can't have an issue like that potentially wreck the entire U.S. economy, any more than I should hold the entire budget hostage to my desire to do something about gun violence," Obama said during the press conference, where he talked about gun control in the aftermath of Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon college.
"There are some fights that we fight individually," Obama said.