WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's taking action on his own because Congress is doing so little for working families.<br />
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the economy is improving. He says decisions made now can ensure things keep improving.<br />
Obama says he's been pushing policies addressing jobs, student loans and wages. He says all of the policies would help families feel more stable, but all have been blocked by Republicans.<br />
Obama says Congress left town for their August vacation with unfinished business. He says he hopes when lawmakers get back, Washington can join together in common purpose.<br />
In the Republican address, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon says Obama is disengaged when he should be leading. He says the midterm elections are a chance to deliver accountability.
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