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President Obama in Kansas City, Mo., on July 30. / Jacquelyn Martin, AP

President Obama mocked House Republicans on Wednesday for plans to sue him over executive actions, saying it is taking time from serious legislation to benefit people.

"Stop being mad all the time!" Obama said of the Republicans during an economic speech in Kansas City, Mo. "Stop just hatin' all the time! C'mon! Let's get some work done together!"

The Republican-run House of Representatives voted Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit accusing Obama of exceeding his authority when he made changes to the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other Republicans said the lawsuit is designed to protect the rights of the legislative branch against encroachment by the executive.

In his Kansas City remarks, Obama said he takes executive actions because Congress has blocked too many of his initiatives, including calls to raise the minimum wage and change the immigration system.

"They're mad because I'm doing my job," Obama said, adding that he still wants to work with Republicans.

"I know they're not that happy that I'm president, but it's OK," Obama said. "I've only got a couple of years left, so come on ... then you can be mad at the next president."



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