Preventing government shutdown is "right thing to do:" Obama

WASHINGTON Fri Mar 1, 2013 12:10pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Business Council in Washington February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Business Council in Washington February 27, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pressed the Congress on Friday to avoid a government shutdown when federal spending authority runs out on March 27, saying it is the "right thing to do."

With automatic spending cuts set to kick in later on Friday, Obama said lawmakers must also take action to extend an unrelated "continuing resolution" to fund most government operations beyond the current expiration date. "I think that's preventable," he told reporters of the threat of the threat of a government shutdown.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick and Roberta Rampton)

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