(CNN)–After a week of falling approval ratings and criticism of the botched Obamacare website, President Barack Obama, in his weekly address Saturday, turned his attention to Washington's perennial funding battle.
"We need to grow and create more good jobs faster," the President said. "That’s my driving focus. And I’ll go anywhere and do anything to make it happen."
Obama once again called on Congress to reach a long-term budget agreement and avoid another impasse like the one that led to the partial government shutdown last month and threatened the government's ability to pay its debts.
"I was glad to hear the Republican leader in the Senate say this week that they won’t pursue another government shutdown or threaten another default on our debt," said Obama, referring to remarks by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Because we shouldn’t be injuring ourselves every few months - we should be investing in ourselves."
While negotiations to draft a budget for the rest of the 2014 fiscal year have begun, Democrats and Republicans in Congress have a long way to go before reaching an agreement.
Republicans are calling for more budget cuts and a further reduction in the deficit. Democrats, meanwhile, are calling for increases in tax revenue to fund infrastructure projects, energy programs and education initiatives.
While the administration is still pushing for a long-term funding deal - a so-called grand bargain - Obama has held firm on his commitment to limit cuts to certain programs.
"If we don’t pick the right priorities now, make the right choices now," said the President, "we could hinder growth and opportunity for decades, and leave our children with something less."
He also denounced "the obsession with cutting just for the sake of cutting," adding, "That hasn’t helped our economy grow; it’s held it back.