Obama tells donors he needs a cooperative Congress

JIM KUHNHENN KEN THOMAS Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama is telling donors he could accomplish much more with a cooperative Congress as he makes a pitch for money to help Democratic Senate candidates.

He says there are many issues confronting the nation for which there is bipartisan support, including spending to improve and enhance roads, bridges and other infrastructure and passage of an overhaul of immigration laws.

But he says the nation's capital is hindered by -- quote -- an "atmosphere that puts a premium on saying no."

Obama has been saying he will sidestep Congress and act on his own if needed. But in remarks to more than 30 donors in New York Tuesday night, Obama said it would be a lot easier -- quote -- "if I had a Congress that was serious about America's future."

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