ABC News’ Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) reports:
President Obama says that “partisanship” and “gridlock” in Washington is undermining public confidence and hindering the growth of the economy and he calls on Americans to urge lawmakers to do something about it.
“While there’s nothing wrong with our country,” Obama said in his weekly address, “there is something wrong with our politics, and that’s what we’ve got to fix.”
Pointing a finger at House Republicans Obama said, “We can no longer let partisan brinksmanship get in our way – the idea that making it through the next election is more important than making things right. That’s what’s holding us back – the fact that some in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.”
Once again, Obama called on Congress to pass stalled measures that he says will help create jobs right now, including extending the payroll tax cuts, investing in infrastructure and passing trade deals.
“These are all things we can do right now,” he said. “So let’s do them. And over the coming weeks, I’ll put forward more proposals to help our businesses hire and create jobs, and won’t stop until every American who wants a job can find one.”
The president said he shares the public’s frustrations with Washington and urged them to tell members of Congress to pass these stalled proposals.
“I don’t think it’s too much for you to expect that the people you send to this town start delivering,” he said.
“If you agree with me – whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican or not much of a fan of either – let them know,” he said. “If you’ve had it with gridlock … let them know. If you refuse to settle for a politics where scoring points is more important than solving problems; if you believe it’s time to put country before party and the interests of our children before our own – let them know.
“Maybe,” he said, “they’ll get back to Washington ready to compromise, ready to create jobs, ready to get our fiscal house in order – ready to do what you sent them to do.”
- Mary Bruce