Obama: 'Time to Make Your Voices Heard'

The president urges the nation to speak up and end gridlock in Washington.
3:09 | 01/28/12

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On Tuesday in my State of the Union Address I laid out a blueprint for an economy built to last. Economy built on American manufacturer. American energy. Skills for American workers the renewal of American dollars. This week I took their blueprint across the country and what I saw was people who work hard and believe in each other. They believe in the America that's within our reach but they're not sure that the right thing -- get done in Washington this year or next year or the year after that. And frankly when you look at some things are going in this town who could blame them for being a little cynical. Just two days ago senator promised to obstruct every single American five point to a judgeship or public service position. -- -- like fire the consumer watchdog -- put in place to protect the American people from financial schemes or malpractice. For the most part it's not that the senator thinks these nominees are all. In fact all of the judicial nominees being blocked have bipartisan support. And almost 90% have unanimous support from the Judiciary Committee. Instead. One of the senators aides told reporters that the senator plans to and I'm quoting here. Delay and slow the process in word to get the president's attention. Well this isn't about me. We weren't sent here to wage perpetual political campaigns against each other. We were sent here to serve the American people. And they deserve better than gridlock and games. One senator coming up the whole works for the entire country is certainly not what our founding fathers envisioned. The truth is neither party has been blameless and tactics like these but it's time for both parties to put an end to them. I'm asking congress both Democrats and Republicans to stop this kind of behavior by passing a rule that allows. All judicial and public service nominations. Simple up or down vote. Within ninety days. We should also -- the corrosive influence of money in politics. The house and senate should send me a bill that bans insider trading by members of congress I will sign it immediately. They should limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact. And they should make sure people who -- campaign contributions for congress. Can't lobby congress and vice -- During my address on Tuesday night I spoke about the incredible example set by the men and women of -- armed forces. At a time when too many of our institutions of -- -- -- they exceed all expectations. They're not consumed with personal ambition they don't obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at him. To work together. If you agree with me -- leaders in Washington should follow their example and make your voice heard. Tell -- member of congress that it's time to end the gridlock and start tackling -- issues that really matter. An economy built on an American manufacturing. American energy American skills and education any return to American values. An economy built to last. Thanks. God bless him have a great weekend.

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