WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama, seeking to deflect blame for a sluggish US economy that could hurt his hopes for re-election, kept up the pressure on congressional Republicans on Saturday to work with him over policies designed to spur hiring.
A disappointing May jobs report and other soft data on the economy has fanned concerns that the US recovery may be stalling, just as a debt crisis in Europe threatens to do further harm by rocking global financial markets.
Ticking off a long list of proposals that have been stalled in Congress for months, the Democratic president chided Republicans for seeming to prefer to wait until after the November 6 election rather than talk about finding a way forward now.
"Just this past week, one of them said, "Why not wait for the reinforcements?" That's a quote. And you can bet plenty of his colleagues are thinking the same thing," Obama said in his weekly radio and internet address.