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    Obama: Congress Left Unfinished Business

    FILE - President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House Rose Garden in Washington.
    FILE - President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House Rose Garden in Washington.
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    U.S. President Barack Obama says his administration is taking action on its own because "Congress is doing so little for working families."

    The president said in his weekly address Saturday that House of Representatives Republicans "actually got together this week" and voted to sue him for "taking action" on his own.

    Obama said the Republicans then left town for their five-week summer vacation "without settling a bunch of unfinished business that matters to working families across America."

    The U.S. leader says he has been pushing policies addressing jobs, student loans and wages.  He says all of the policies would help families feel more stable, but all have been blocked by Republicans.

    In the Republican address, Representative Greg Walden of the northwestern state of Oregon said President Obama is disengaged when he should be leading.  Walden said the elections for legislators in November are a chance to deliver accountability

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    by: Anonymous
    August 02, 2014 8:55 PM
    He's been in for six years and hasn't gotten anything done accept screw this country up.

    by: DD from: usa
    August 02, 2014 7:21 PM
    Your all sheep...left this,right that! It doesn't matter which side of the fence your on! Yhety all serve the same Master's! It's a trick too give you people "a choice"! America its time to wake up...

    by: Fred from: NC
    August 02, 2014 7:08 PM
    What's going to happen to all you liberals when the cheese line runs out and you lazy entitlement driven fools have to contribute instead of skim????

    by: Anonymous
    August 02, 2014 7:07 PM
    Go back to kenya

    by: GodManNeo from: The Kingdom
    August 02, 2014 6:44 PM
    "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions."


    by: ms from: west coast
    August 02, 2014 6:44 PM
    Obee is such a punk. Like he has done anything good for the country!!

    by: eugene from: Pensacola
    August 02, 2014 5:57 PM
    It sad when people blame President OBAMA for not doing anything. He just don't get the respect like all of the past president.

    by: glenn from: idaho
    August 02, 2014 4:40 PM
    Last time I checked mr obama congress is made of senate dems also. Blame everybody but your self. Try leading

    by: D-Man from: USA
    August 02, 2014 4:35 PM
    Unfinished Business is what this bunch of hacks is all about with the exception of getting their pockets lined by lobbyist. Priority 1: Dump Obama by whatever expedited legal means is available. Priority 2 vote anything but incumbent. They are all alike when the TV camera's are off. Pray that the naive electorate stops voting for good speach makers with no substance. ie Electing a community organizer/2 year junior senator president suggests the overall electorate should not be considered the brightest bulbs in the pack. And if that sounds cynical: Look at what you ended up with after two presidential votes

    by: robert from: oklahoma city
    August 02, 2014 4:33 PM
    The republicans began importing these illegal immigrants as 'cheap' farm labor. It started there and has grown into what it is now. That excuse is: We had to because Americans wont do that work. The truth is: After becoming used to Union standards, Americans will no longer work for a pittance. We've become fat and sassy. We expect more and Republicans don't want to raise the pay. Their rich buddies can't get richer faster like that.
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    by: Idiot from: USA
    August 02, 2014 5:41 PM
    People working full time at Walmart at $8.00 an hour are in complete poverty, how do you expect someone to earn $3.50 an hour and even afford a roof in the most desolate region of the country? If your going to bring class warfare into the discussion atleast use one of a hundred valid points to do it with.
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