Updated: 11:46 a.m. ET, 10/12/2013
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly address that Congress needs to "pass a budget, put people back to work, and end this shutdown."
The President's comments came with both the House and Senate in session this weekend, as lawmakers try to reach agreement on ending the partial federal government shutdown and extend the nation's debt ceiling in advance of next week's deadline.
Friday, the President met with a group of nearly 150 top U.S. business leaders. He filled them in on the conversations he's had at the White House since Wednesday with congressional leaders on reopening the government and removing the threat of default on the nation's credit. Obama said small-business owners have "lost contracts, lost customers, and put hiring on hold" as a trickle down result of the partial government shutdown.
The President said "it wouldn't be wise" to temporarily raise the debt ceiling.
"Kicking the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple months" would damage "America's sterling credit rating," he said.
Responding to a proposal by House Republican leaders to raise the debt ceiling for six weeks, Obama called it unwise to "flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season."
The United States lost its Standard and Poor's triple-A credit rating more than two years ago - on August 5, 2011 - during a previous partisan battle over extending the debt ceiling
"This is not normal," said the President, who implored the American people to remember that "politics is a battle of ideas, but you advance those ideas through elections and legislation – not extortion."
Then he said it again: "This is not normal."