WASHINGTON (AP/CBS) — President Barack Obama is urging Americans to press Congress to support his proposals to tackle gun violence, meanwhile the Republicans are focusing in on economic matters.

As he begins his second term, the president says in his weekly radio and Internet address that Americans should ask lawmakers why a good rating from the gun lobby is more important than keeping kids safe. He’s referring to the powerful National Rifle Association, which opposes his new gun proposals.

The president says he’s taking steps right away but Congress also must act. He’s asking lawmakers to pass an assault-weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

However, in the Republican address, Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford is focusing on financial matters. He says any budget Congress approves must address government spending and debt.

Lankford chastised Senate Democrats for failing to pass a budget resolution in nearly four years.

He cited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada as saying it would be ‘foolish’ for the Senate to produce the budget.  ‘We disagree,’ the congressman said. ‘With more than 16 trillion dollars in debt, we believe it is foolish not to have a budget.’  He also criticized the president for missing ‘more budget deadlines than any of his predecessors.’”

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