Obama Criticizes Congress For Work Still Left to be Done

The president talks to the nation in his weekly address.
3:00 | 09/22/12

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Hi everybody. Last week without much fanfare members of the House of Representatives -- to gavel turned up the lights and rushed home declaring their work finished for now. If that frustrates it it short because the work isn't finished. Seat when they skipped town members of congress left a whole bunch of proposals sitting -- -- Actions that would create jobs boost. These ideas have been around for months. The American people want to see them past. But apparently some members of congress are more word about their jobs in the pictures this campaign season but they are about yours. Right now if congress has done the right thing we would be -- way to having it veterans jobs corps that helps returning heroes -- workers cops and firefighters. In communities all across the country. These men and women have made incredible sacrifices for our country. Should have to worry about finding a job when they get home. Last week Republicans in congress voted it down and and they left. Right now what congress has gotten its act together we would have -- farm bill to help farmers and ranchers respond to natural disasters like the drought we have this summer. And we debate necessary reforms to give -- rural communities some long term certain. But so far Republicans in congress have dragged their feet and -- -- Right now congress affected thousands responsible homeowners could be saving an extra 3000 dollars a year on their mortgages. By refinancing -- historically low rates. But instead Republicans in congress decided that working families. And now wait -- long. And finally if congress -- listened to you they would have given 98% of Americans and 97% of small business owners. A guarantee that your taxes won't go next year by signaled -- this is something we all agree -- It should've gotten done along time ago. But Republicans in congress have refused to -- -- holding tax cuts for 98% of Americans hostage until we passed tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Now middle class families and small business owners -- left wondering what their tax bill will look like next year. All of these ideas -- strengthen our economy and help middle class right now. All of them are supported by Democrats Republicans and independents. There's no reason to wait. That's why after going -- -- listening to their constituents for a few weeks members of congress should come back in November and do this work. They should do the right thing for veterans and farmers for responsible homeowners and small businesses. For Americans everywhere were just trying to get -- -- And if you agree -- me I need your help. Tell your members of congress he can't afford to wait in long. If you get an answering machine leave a message. If you see them campaigning back home tell them -- -- Because there's been enough talk it's time for action that's what you deserve and that's what it's gonna take to move this country -- Thanks a wonderful week.

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