MEDINA, Wash. – Opening a three-day campaign swing to raise money for fellow Democrats, President Obama charged here Sunday night that House Republicans are the biggest impediment to the nation’s progress.

“The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is the Congress, and in particular the House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people and is a lot more focused on trying to position themselves for the next election,” Obama told about 60 wealthy supporters at a fundraising dinner outside of Seattle.