Obama says Congress must pass job program

DETROIT (AP) ? President Barack Obama says it is time for congressional Republicans to put their country ahead of their party and vote to create new jobs.

In a preview of the jobs speech he will deliver on Thursday to Congress, Obama told a Labor Day rally that there are numerous roads and bridges that need rebuilding in the U.S., and many construction workers who are available to build them.

He said lawmakers must move quickly to create jobs, and said his proposal will be a test of whether congressional Republicans will put country ahead of party.

Obama said “the time for Washington games is over,” and it is now time for action.