President Barack Obama tells the American public they need a Congress that ''works as hard'' as they do and urges Congress to take more action. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama urged Congress for a bipartisan response against Zika. "Even as we're seeing more and more Zika cases inside the United States, they've refused to fund our efforts to protect women and children by fighting Zika in a serious way," he said in his weekly address released on Saturday (September 17). Obama also asked Republicans in Congress to provide resources to the Louisiana and Flint communities and for Congress to grant a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The nomination has been pending for close to 200 days without Senate action, the longest ever to the high court. Republicans have said the next president should get to make the appointment because the vacancy, created by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February, came in the final year of Obama's presidency. "None of these things should be controversial," Obama said. "All of it is within our reach. This is America, we can do anything, we just need a Congress that works as hard as you do. If any of these priorities matter to you, let your Congress person know. And if they still refuse to do their jobs, well, you know what to do in November. Our government only works as well as the people we elect, and that's entirely up to you." There is more work to be done, said Obama, and voters have the power to elect those who will do their job properly.