“Without much fanfare, members of the House of Representatives banged a gavel, turned out the lights and rushed home, declaring their work finished for now,” Obama said in his weekly address. “If that frustrates you, it should – because their work isn’t finished.”

“Apparently, some members of Congress are more worried about their jobs and their paychecks this campaign season than they are about yours,” he added.

If Congress had “gotten its act together,” the president said, lawmakers would have extended tax cuts for the middle class and passed a farm bill to aid ranchers and farmers hit by natural disasters.