Obama says Congress needs to get to work

Obama says Congress needs to get to work

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US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant September 20, 2013 in Liberty, Missouri. Obama spoke about the current state of the economy and continuing efforts to recover from the finical crisis that began 5 years ago. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 1:20 PM

CLAYCOMO, Mo. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has used an appearance at a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City to urge Congress to stop threats of a government shutdown and agree to raise the debt ceiling.

Obama said Friday that refusing to raise the debt ceiling is like buying a pickup truck and then refusing to make the payments. He said when individuals don't pay their bills, collectors start calling and "your credit goes south."

Obama says the same thing happens when a country doesn't pay its bills -- interest rates will rise, and Ford will have fewer buyers for its vehicles.

The metaphor was tailored for the audience at Ford's Claycomo plant, which makes the popular F-150 pickup truck.

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