<p>White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "surprised" the Obama administration by canceling a planned visit to Washington, saying the White House knew Netanyahu was considering not coming. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)</p>
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is championing new federal steps designed to deter a corporate financial practice known as "tax inversions."
Inversions happen when a big American company buys a smaller one and changes its paper address to another country. Obama calls it "insidious" and says companies do it to reduce their U.S. tax burden.
Obama commented on Tuesday, one day after the Treasury Department announced a series of steps to make inversions less financially appealing.
Obama says such loopholes make it harder to spend money to keep the economy strong. He also says they hurt the middle class because the lost revenue "has to be made up somewhere."
He called on the Republican-controlled Congress to close the loophole for good.
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