By Erik Wasson - 03/02/11 04:58 PM EST
President Obama said Wednesday he was pleased the House and Senate had passed a two-week spending bill but said a series of short-term funding measures is not the right way to govern.
Obama called on congressional leaders to begin meeting "immediately" with Vice President Biden, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Budget Director Jack Lew to hammer out a spending bill funding the government through Sept. 30.
“I’m pleased that Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together and passed a plan that will cut spending and keep the government running for the next two weeks. But we cannot keep doing business this way,” he said. “Living with the threat of a shutdown every few weeks is not responsible, and it puts our economic progress in jeopardy.”
Obama laid out a vision of a longer-term spending bill that is "free of any party's social or political agenda" — seemingly referring to provisions relating to healthcare reform and abortion funding.
“This agreement should cut spending and reduce deficits without damaging economic growth or gutting investments in education, research and development that will create jobs and secure our future. This agreement should be bipartisan, it should be free of any party’s social or political agenda, and it should be reached without delay,” he said.