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Obama Urges Senate to Pass Veterans' Jobs Package

Oct. 19, 2011: President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meet troops during a stop at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, in Hampton, Va.AP

President Barack Obama says he expects lawmakers from both parties to approve a package of tax credits for businesses that hire military veterans.

Speaking in the Rose Garden, Obama says supporting veterans who fought for their country is the responsibility of both political parties.

The Senate is expected to consider tax credits this week for businesses that hire unemployed veterans or injured vets who have been out of work. The president says there is no good reason to oppose the bill.

Obama is also promoting a new administration program that allows veterans to get six months of personalized case management, assessment and counseling at career centers.

The White House has been drawing contrasts with congressional Republicans who have opposed Obama's jobs bill a year before the 2012 election. He says veterans can't wait for Congress to act.

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