WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy is getting stronger and, quote, “engines are revving a bit louder.”
Obama is praising the July hiring and advances by the U.S. economy.
The president cites new data showing that employers added 209,000 jobs last month — the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000.
But Obama says Congress has blocked steps that would maintain that momentum or even accelerate the recovery.
Obama has been pushing legislation to raise the minimum wage and to broadly increase spending on infrastructure projects.
The unemployment rate ticked up in July to 6.2% from 6.1% as more Americans started looking for work.
Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn’t going anywhere.
Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Obama says Republicans know that legislation won’t succeed in the Senate. He says Republicans aren’t even trying to solve the problem. He says they’re just trying check a box before leaving town for the annual August recess.
Obama says he will have to act alone to address the crisis because the government is running out of money to deal with it.