U.S. President Barack Obama says U.S. businesses have created jobs every month for "three years straight - nearly 6.4 million new jobs in all."
The president said in his weekly address Saturday the 7.7 percent unemployment rate is "still too high," but is now lower than it was when he took office.
Obama said he has reached out to Republicans and Democrats to discover smarter ways to grow the economy and reduce the deficit, instead of the automatic cuts that recently went into effect.
He said in the upcoming months there will be more "contentious debate and honest disagreement," but he believed that compromise is still possible.
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Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama said in the Republic address that America's "massive debt is slowing the economy and depressing wages." He said government has "never been bigger or more out of control."
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