Dems to Obama: Bring on 'Do-Nothing Congress' hit

January 26, 2012 - 5:35 PM

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — House Democratic leaders say they welcome a campaign by President Barack Obama against a "do-nothing Congress" even though they're part of it.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday it's not only okay for the president to adopt that strategy, she would encourage it. Democrats argue that Americans will then understand how Republicans are blocking the president's agenda. They say voters will also understand dysfunctional Senate rules that require 60 votes to move legislation.

But Democrats control the Senate and have 191 seats in the House. Voters who already hold Congress in low regard could send lawmakers from both parties packing.

Republicans counter that the election will be a referendum on Obama's economic record.

Democrats spoke at their annual three-day retreat in Maryland.