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Obama blasts 'least productive US Congress in modern history'

Published on Apr 10, 2014 9:23 AM
 
Mr Obama blasted Republicans in the US Senate for blocking a Democratic-supported Bill earlier in the day aimed at addressing a gap in pay between male and female workers. -- PHOTO: AFP

HOUSTON (Reuters) - United States President Barack Obama sharply criticised what he called the least productive US Congress in modern history on Wednesday in a fund-raising speech that he used to try to energise Democrats to vote in November congressional elections.

Mr Obama blasted Republicans in the US Senate for blocking a Democratic-supported Bill earlier in the day aimed at addressing a gap in pay between male and female workers. Republicans argued that pay discrimination is already illegal.

Mr Obama also cited Republicans' refusal to agree to an immigration overhaul and an increase in the minimum wage as examples of what he called obstruction by his political opponents.

"This has become the least productive Congress in modern history, recent memory. And that's by objective measures - just basic activity," Mr Obama said.

 
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