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Obama blames Congress, but Boehner says it's the Senate

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Responding to President Obama’s plans to run for re-election by blaming Congress for inaction, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday said the real hold-up is Senate Democrats.

“The House has led, but unfortunately we cannot act alone. Too many House-passed jobs bills remain stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and we continue to urge our colleagues in the Senate to act,” he said.

The White House on Wednesday previewed plans for Mr. Obama to make a big speech in September laying out plans for tax cuts, offering more help to the unemployed and promoting infrastructure spending — all with an eye toward helping the economy recover.

Mr. Boehner, though, said the House has already taken its own steps to promote economic growth, chiefly by cutting back on many of the moves Mr. Obama made during his first two years in office.

Those bills have stalled in the Senate.

Mr. Boehner said he hopes in the upcoming speech Mr. Obama will lay out specific plans “that depart from his previous policies.”

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