President Obama urged Senate Democrats and Republicans to come up with some kind of compromise to raise the debt ceiling Friday after the House failed to pass a plan that would have died in the Senate anyway. Speaker John Boehner's bill--a more conservative version of which is expected to pass soon--"it does not solve the problem, and it has no chance of becoming law," Obama said. "We are almost out of time," Obama said, and listed the many consequences of default. Then he urged voters to hit Congress with a bit more of the citizenly harassment that shut down Congress's switchboard earlier this week: "If you want to see a bipartisan compromise--a bill that can pass both houses of Congress and that I can sign--let your members of Congress know. Make a phone call. Send an email. Tweet. Keep the pressure on Washington, and we can get past this."
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