WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Obama held his last news conference of his first term in Washington, D.C. Obama says it has been a busy and productive four years, and expects the same for the next four years.
The president touched on several issues, including gun control and the nation's debt limit.
He warned Republicans against refusing to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, calling it “irresponsible” and “absurd” and said it would lead to an economic crisis. Obama said America cannot afford another debate with Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they have already racked up.
He also said Vice President Joe Biden has already presented him with proposals to combat gun violence.
"The things that I've said in the past, the belief that we have to have stronger background checks, that we can do a much better job in terms of keeping high capacity clips out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them. Assault weapons ban are things I continue to believe. Will all of them get through Congress? I don't know," said President Obama.
Obama said he will present details from Joe Biden's task force on gun violence prevention later this week.
On the country's debt ceiling, President Obama said it would have a negative effect on millions of Americans in a number of ways, such as delaying of payments of benefits to veterans and Social Security recipients.
Republicans are pushing for a reduction in spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. But Obama said the financial well being of the American people should not be used as leverage.
"Republicans in Congress have two choices here. They can act responsibly and pay America's bills or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis," he said.
Obama went on to say we are not a deadbeat nation and the country needs to be able to pay its bills.