Obama: House Republicans Are ‘Biggest Barrier’ To Progress

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President Barack Obama on Sunday blasted House Republicans for prioritizing their re-election prospects over their duty to legislate.

“The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is the Congress, and in particular the House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people and is a lot more focused on trying to position themselves for the next election,” Obama said at a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee held outside of Seattle, as quoted by the Washington Post.

While criticizing House Republicans for being too partisan, Obama described himself as “not a particularly ideological person,” according to the Post.

The President listed the challenges the country has faced in the past year, from the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting to the government shutdown, but said he was optimistic that those challenges could be worked through.

“It’s understandable, I think, that sometimes people feel disturbed or concerned about whether or not we can continue to make progress,” Obama said, as quoted by the Post, adding “I’m incredibly optimistic about our future.”

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