WASHINGTON- US President Obama called on members of Congress Saturday to pass several initiatives designed to stimulate the US economy and create jobs.

“There are things we can do - right now - to help create jobs and restore some of the financial security that so many families have lost,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. The president insisted that Congress stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas and help millions of Americans refinance their mortgages at lower rates, which will allow every homeowner to save at least $3,000 a year.

Obama also called for tax breaks and credits for small business owners and clean energy companies as well as for helping veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan by creating a Veterans Job Corps.