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In Iowa, Obama says Congress needs wake-up call

DECORAH, Iowa - President Barack Obama says he hopes members of Congress have a "wake-up call" and come back to Washington ready to work for the American people in September.

Speaking at a farm in northeast Iowa, the Democratic president said voters never intended to have a broken government when they put Republicans in charge of the House and created a divided government last November. He challenged Republican lawmakers to hear the frustration of voters and to be willing to compromise on an economic agenda.

Obama told his audience to hold him and Congress accountable for progress.

He spoke during a campaign-style event on the first stage of his three-day bus tour across the Midwest.

He was ending his day in Iowa, the state where his original presidential run for office took flight.

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