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In Jacksonville, President Barack Obama raises the heat on Congress

President Barack Obama visits the Jacksonville Port Authority on Thursday.

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President Barack Obama visits the Jacksonville Port Authority on Thursday.

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July

President Barack Obama continued his economics road show Thursday, coming to the Jacksonville Port Authority to underscore his commitment to infrastructure investment and bash Republicans for delaying progress.

The president chose Jacksonville because the port is home to two port development projects that he fast tracked last year as Congress delayed action and he vowed to continue to use his executive powers in the months ahead if Congress won't act.

"Where I could act on my own, I'll act on my own,'' he told the crowd of about 500 at the port's steamy passenger terminal. "Because the choices we make right now will determine whether or not every American will have a fighting chance."

The president focused his criticism on the Republican-controlled House and pointed to its failure to pass a water resource bill that would provide the authorization to allow Jaxport to deepen the Mile Point channel it says it needs to allow large cargo ships coming from Asia.

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[Last modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:05pm]

    

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