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Obama: 'Locked up' Washington could hurt economy

3 years 8 months 3 days ago September 18, 2013 Sep 18, 2013 Wednesday, September 18 2013 September 18, 2013 9:26 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is touting positive gains in the economy but also warning that a "locked up" Washington is delaying progress on other issues that could build on that growth.

Obama says the most obvious example is his push for a comprehensive immigration bill. He says a Senate-passed bill would pass the House if brought up for a vote.

But that hasn't happened, he says, because a small faction in the House opposes the bill.

Obama says that opposition extends to a range of pressing issues, including passing a budget and increasing the government's ability to borrow money to pay its bills.

Obama spoke Wednesday to business leaders meeting in Washington. He has been using the fifth anniversary of the financial crisis to push his economic proposals.

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