White House urges Congress to 'do its job' on finances

The White House has urged Congress to "do its job" and find a solution to end a fiscal impasse over raising the US debt ceiling after the Senate rejected a Democratic plan.

A statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney said it was unfortunate that the Senate Democratic plan failed to pass because it would have taken the threat of a debt default off the table ahead of a looming Thursday deadline.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Congress 'must do its job' Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Carney said: "Congress must do its job and raise the debt limit to pay the bills we have incurred and avoid default.

"Congress needs to move forward with a solution that reopens the government and allows us to pay our bills."

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