After fiscal win, Obama warns Congress on debt fight

WASHINGTON Wed Jan 2, 2013 10:20am IST

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a point during remarks to reporters after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House in Washington, December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a point during remarks to reporters after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House in Washington, December 28, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Speaking after winning a "fiscal cliff" victory, President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to avoid a repeat of last year's divisive fight with Congress over an extension of the nation's borrowing authority.

"While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they have already racked up," Obama said in remarks in the White House.

He urged "a little less drama" in coming budget talks about cutting government spending.

(Reporting by Alistair Bell; Editing by Eric Beech)

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