News / USA

    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.
    VOA News

    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

    You May Like

    Video Obama Remembers Fallen Troops for Memorial Day

    President urges Americans this holiday weekend to 'take a moment and offer a silent word of prayer or public word of thanks' to country's veterans

    Upsurge of Migratory Traffic Across Sahara From West to North Africa

    A report by the International Organization for Migration finds more than 60,000 migrants have transited through the Agadez region of Niger between February and April

    UN Blocks Access to Journalist Advocacy Group

    United Nations has rejected bid from nonprofit journalist advocacy group that wanted 'consultative status,' ranking that would have given them greater access to UN meetings

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments page of 3
        Next 
    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.
    In Response

    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.
    Comments page of 3
        Next 

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trendi
    X
    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.
    Video

    Video Meet Your New Co-Worker: The Robot

    Increasing numbers of robots are joining the workforce, as companies scale back and more processes become automated. The latest robots are flexible and collaborative, built to work alongside humans as opposed to replacing them. VOA’s Tina Trinh looks at the next generation of automated employees helping out their human colleagues.
    Video

    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Baby Boxes Offer Safe Haven for Unwanted Children

    No one knows exactly how many babies are abandoned worldwide each year. The statistic is a difficult one to determine because it is illegal in most places. Therefore unwanted babies are often hidden and left to die. But as Erika Celeste reports from Woodburn, Indiana, a new program hopes to make surrendering infants safer for everyone.
    Video

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Communities in the U.S. often hold festivals to show what makes them special. In California, for example, farmers near Fresno celebrate their figs and those around Gilmore showcase their garlic. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the wine-producing region of Temecula offers local vintages in an annual festival where rides on hot-air balloons add to the excitement.
    Video

    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora