Obama: Republicans Blocking Progress In Congress

"President Barack Obama accused Republicans on Saturday of blocking legislation that would boost the nation's economic recovery and lift a $75 million cap on what oil companies must pay to families and small businesses affected by an oil spill. Obama said the stalled Senate bill would extend unemployment benefits to workers without jobs and a tax credit for first-time homebuyers. He also said the legislation would save thousands of jobs across the country. ""Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the Senate won't even allow this legislation to come up for a vote,"" the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address. ""And if this obstruction continues, unemployed Americans will see their benefits stop. Teachers and firefighters will lose their jobs. Families will pay more for their first home."" Republicans, Obama said, are hurting the country and the economy by refusing to let the legislation move forward.