Obama: Congress should 'get it done' on debt limit

By the Associated Press | June 29, 2011 | 12:59 PM EDT

President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Congress needs to stay in town and get the budget negotiations done — even if it means canceling other plans back home.

Obama said that while lawmakers have been taking regular recesses, he's been in Washington working. Obama challenged lawmakers to "stay here. Let's get it done."

Lawmakers are facing an Aug. 2 deadline to raise the U.S. borrowing limit. Obama said at a news conference that if there's not substantial progress by the end of this week, Congress is going to have to start canceling plans for a Fourth of July recess and stay in DC to work. The Senate is scheduled to be out next week.

Obama said his daughters Malia and Sasha get their homework done ahead of time and Congress should too.