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Obama: When Congress Fails, I'll 'Scour' Authorities To 'Make Progress'

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"I never have a green light," Obama responded, adding that he is "bound by the Constitution" and Congress.

"My preference in all these instances is to work with Congress," he continued.

But he reiterated that he will use executive authority when Congress fails to act.

"In the face of that kind of dysfunction, what I can do is scour our authorities to try to make progress," he said.