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Obama: ‘Let Them Know’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday urged Americans who have “had it with (political) gridlock” to contract members of Congress to “let them know.”

In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president talked about steps the United States could take immediately to increase employment, including extending a payroll tax cut, cutting “red tape in the patent process,” wrapping up international trade deals and finding jobs for “the hundreds of thousands of brave Americans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“These are all things we can do right now,” he said. “So let’s do them. And over the coming weeks, I’ll put forward more proposals to help our businesses hire and create jobs, and won’t stop until every American who wants a job can find one.”

Obama said progress on addressing joblessness is being impeded by “partisan brinksmanship … the idea that making it through the next election is more important than making things right. That’s what’s holding us back — the fact that some in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.”

“So you’ve got a right to be frustrated,” he said. “I am. Because you deserve better. And I don’t think it’s too much for you to expect that the people you send to this town start delivering.

“Members of Congress are at home in their districts right now. And if you agree with me — whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican or not much of a fan of either — let them know,” he said.

“If you’ve had it with gridlock, and you want them to pass stalled bills that will help our economy right now — let them know.

“If you refuse to settle for a politics where scoring points is more important than solving problems; if you believe it’s time to put country before party and the interests of our children before our own — let them know,” Obama urged listeners and viewers.

“And maybe they’ll get back to Washington ready to compromise, ready to create jobs, ready to get our fiscal house in order — ready to do what you sent them to do,” he said.

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