Obama: Economy stronger, Congress could do more
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 percent from 6.1 percent as more Americans started looking for work.
Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration
President Barack 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 leaving town for their annual August recess.
Obama says while Congress is away, he'll have to make tough choices about immigration challenges himself. He's alluding to executive action he's said he's considering to deal with immigrants in the U.S. illegally.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)