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. "Stop just hatin' all the time! C'mon! Let's get some work done together!"
The Republican-run House was scheduled to vote later Wednesday on a lawsuit accusing Obama of exceeding his authority with changes to the 2010 health care law.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other Republicans said the suit is designed to protect the rights of the legislature 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 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."