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An American responsibility

Standing up for our veterans, this is not a Democratic responsibility, it's not a Republican responsibility—it’s an American responsibility.

This morning, we learned that our economy had added private-sector jobs for the 27th straight month—progress, but for too many Americans, progress can't come fast enough.

President Obama knows that. That's why in September he sent Congress the American Jobs Act, a law that could have put millions of people back to work. But Republicans have blocked the President's bill at nearly every step of the way, putting election-year politics ahead of getting America back to work. That's the message he delivered today:

"We've got responsibilities that are bigger than an election. We've got responsibilities to you.

"My message to Congress is: Now is not the time to play politics. Now is not the time to sit on your hands. The American people expect their leaders to work hard no matter what year it is. The economy still isn’t where it needs to be. There are steps that could make a difference right now."

As part of the to-do list he's given Congress, President Obama called on Congress to create a Veterans Job Corps right away. The job corps would put returning heroes to work as police officers and firefighters and working on projects that protect public lands and resources. This is important: Now that the war in Iraq is over and the war in Afghanistan is winding down, more than 1 million servicemen and women are transitioning into civilian life—and they're coming home with the kinds of skills that, as President Obama put it, "every company should want."

"Standing up for our veterans, this is not a Democratic responsibility, it's not a Republican responsibility—it’s an American responsibility. It’s an obligation of every citizen who enjoys the freedom that these heroes defended. So we've got to meet our obligations today."

If you support the Veterans Job Corps, send a tweet using the #CongressToDoList hashtag.