WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said the economy is getting stronger and the ‘‘engines are revving a bit louder,” but Congress has blocked steps that would maintain that momentum or even accelerate the recovery.
Obama praised the July hiring and advances by the US economy, citing new data showing that employers added 209,000 jobs last month — the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000. The unemployment rate ticked up in July to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent as more Americans started looking for work.
“Thanks to decisions we’ve made, and the grit and resilience of the American people, we’ve come back from the recession,” Obama said.
Obama has been pushing legislation to raise the minimum wage and to broadly increase spending on infrastructure projects.
“After all we’ve had to overcome, our Congress should not stand in the way of our country’s success,” he said.
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