President Obama draws contrasts between House, Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has a question for Congress: Why can't House Republicans be more like their mates in the Senate?

In economic speeches across the country, Obama is playing one chamber against the other, praising Senate Republicans for being open to cooperation and criticizing House Republicans for doing the opposite.

It's a theme Mr. Obama uses to argue he's the one focused on the economy as he prepares for fiscal clashes this fall with Congress.

In the Senate, some Republicans joined Democrats in supporting an immigration bill Obama sorely wants. And the Senate struck a deal to approve the president's nominations to key posts after months of logjam.

But Mr. Obama and the GOP-controlled House staunchly disagree over proposals to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government to avert a shutdown.

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