Brooklyn (CNN) - The latest standoff over the nation's finances ended just last week, but President Barack Obama delivered an opening salvo on Friday for the next round of budget talks, poised to start on Capitol Hill.
In remarks at a technology high school in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, Obama gave an early indication of his insistence on spending projects in education, scientific research, and infrastructure, while swiping Republicans for their continued focus on cutting the nation's deficits.
"We need a budget that is responsible and is fiscally prudent, a budget that cuts what we don't need, cuts wasteful tax loopholes that don't create jobs, freeing up resources for things that will help us grow," Obama said.
"Don’t tell me we can afford to shut down the government and cost our economy billions ... but we can’t afford to invest in our kids," he added later.
The school Obama spoke at Friday - the Pathways in Technology Early College High School - was founded through a partnership with the city's school system and tech giant IBM in 2011. Students spend six years enrolled and emerge with an associate’s degree in applied science.
Obama, who lauded the school during this year's State of the Union address, allocated $300 million in his 2014 budget proposal to a program that encourages high schools to graduate students with college credit and skills that will help them nab jobs in expanding sectors like technology.
"This country should be doing everything in its power to give kids a chance to go to schools like this one," the president said, tying the immigrant history of the school's borough to the modern-day drive to join the middle class.
And he said the everyday math education offered at P-TECH could come in useful for some members of Congress.
Obama's call for greater resources in science-and-technology education came amid a high-profile technological embarrassment for his own administration - the glitch-prone website where Americans are supposed to be able to register for health care exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act.
Budget talks set to start
Nearly 30 lawmakers will convene next week to launch compulsory budget negotiations that were part of the deal ending this month's government shutdown. Republicans and Democrats, still at odds over spending levels and tax hikes, must agree on a long-term budget plan by December 13.
Before he left Washington Friday, Obama held a phone call on the upcoming budget negotiations with four leading Congressional Democrats, including the Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray.
The outgoing mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, spoke briefly ahead of the President on Friday, and his likely successor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, was in the audience.
The Democratic mayoral candidate is running well ahead of his Republican rival ahead of the early November vote. Obama formally endorsed de Blasio in September, after a bruising Democratic primary race that also included former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Starts big fundraising swing
The President's remarks in Brooklyn came ahead of two high-dollar fundraising events in Manhattan, the kick-off of a month-long fundraising swing that will see Obama cross the nation in search of campaign cash for House and Senate Democrats a year in advance of the midterm elections.
On Friday, he was to raise money for House Democrats alongside Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, at a reception hosted by Kathryn Chenault, the wife of American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault. The event also features dinner at the home of major Democratic donors Dennis and Karen Mehiel.
Tickets for the event went for $16,200, according to an invitation obtained by CNN. A Democratic official said around 60 people were expected to attend.
Later, Obama was to attend an event benefiting the Democratic National Committee. Tickets for the second fundraiser cost as much as $32,400 and organizers anticipated around 20 people would attend, according to another Democratic official.
In total, Obama has nine fundraising events over the next month spread out across the country, including a stop in Boston next week, events in Dallas and Miami at the beginning of November, and a West Coast swing at the end of the month.