During his weekly address Saturday, Obama spoke from a manufacturing plant in the state of Minnesota about his proposal to make it easier to employ veterans.
Obama says Congress needs to pass sections of his job bill that could put veterans and public service workers back to work.
He said now is not the time for Congress to - in his words - "sit on their hands" and play politics with people struggling to get by. President Obama says Congress should stop rewarding companies with tax breaks that send jobs overseas.
In the Republican address, Senator John Cornyn of Texas blamed President Obama and his party's leadership for not taking steps to avoid a tax increase on American workers on January 1. Senator Cornyn says a tax increase would hurt the economic recovery because employers will be reluctant to hire new workers and families will have less income to use.
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