British PM Optimistic on Global Economy

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown went to Capitol Hill, Wednesday, with a positive outlook on the world's economic future.

On a platform upon which few are privileged to stand, Brown took aim at the recession plaguing the UK and U.S.

The son of a minister, he told members financial institutions and investors must maintain values.

"We have learned that the risks people take should never be separated from the responsibilities that they must meet," Brown said.

He added that a bad bank anywhere threatens banks everywhere, but the U.S. should not rush to protectionist measures that history has shown help no one.

"We win our future not by retreating from the world, but by engaging with it," Brown said. "America and Britain will succeed and lead if we tap into the roots of our people, unleash the genius of our scientists, set free the drive of our entrepreneurs... we will win the race to the top."

The prime minister was the first European leader to visit the U.S. since President Obama took office.

Some members of the British press wondered if their leader was snubbed-- with his visit lacking the usual pomp surrounding a Brits' visit.

After being assured a full White House press conference with Obama and Brown, reporters arrived to a brief media availability to which just a few photographers and reporters were admitted.

Brown, however, made clear in his remarks to Congress that Britain's friendship with America is "unshakable."

"Treaties can be broken, but our partnership is unbreakable, and I know that there is no power on earth that can ever drive us apart," he said.

Brown also asked Congress to join his country in halting Iran's nuclear program, outlawing offshore tax havens and tackling global warming-- all tall orders facing both countries.

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