(CNN) –President Barack Obama didn't mince words about Congress and the opposition during a speech at a Houston dinner Wednesday evening.
"This has become the least productive Congress in modern history, recent memory," Obama said at the Texas dinner, according to media pool reports. The event was closed to cameras.
He made a reference to the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic-backed proposal that aims to even the pay gap between men and women.
GOP members argued there are already laws against pay discrimination and the act would lead to government interference in the workplace.
"Apparently, a lot of Republicans during debate said this idea of gender pay gap is a fantasy - it's not real," Obama said. "Every individual makes other choices; very rarely do they make the choice to get paid less for same job. This is just one example of the scores of issues that are critical to advancing the country's future which not only is the other side blocking progress, but they're not even offering an alternative vision."
Obama asked the crowd to take the upcoming midterm elections as seriously as any election.
"They not be as sexy or get as much publicity, but it's as important to the future of our children and grandchildren as anything we'd do."