August 17, 2011

Politics is standing in the way of the United States moving forward, President Obama said during a town hall meeting Wednesday in Atkinson, Ill.

“The only thing holding us back now is our politics,” Obama said during the first of two town hall meetings scheduled in Illinois.

He again called on Congress to act quickly on measures that would extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, enact patent reforms, create a bank to match infrastructure jobs and workers, and approve free trade agreements — all legislation that typically enjoys bipartisan support.

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