Obama warns Congress not to 'kill' economy with shutdown

Obama warns Congress not to 'kill' economy with shutdown

President Obama on Thursday warned Congress not to “kill” the growing economy by risking a government shutdown this fall.

He posted the message on his official Twitter account following extreme fluctuations in global markets over the last week.

The warning comes on the heels of positive economic news on Thursday morning. The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy expanded by 3.7 percent in the second quarter — much more than originally expected.

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Obama’s warning also comes roughly a week before Congress returns to Capitol Hill after its August recess and about a month before the deadline to keep the government funded.

Lawmakers must pass a new funding measure by Oct. 1 to prevent a shutdown.

Many conservatives are calling for defunding Planned Parenthood as it comes under fire over its fetal tissue program. More than a dozen House lawmakers have warned Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerIs Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader MORE (R-Ohio) that they won’t support legislation that continues to fund the organization.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFury over Trump Syria decision grows Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe Trump: Let Assad, Russia or China protect the Kurds MORE (R-Ky.) has repeatedly promised he would not allow a shutdown on his watch.