(CNN) - In the weekly Republican address Indiana Rep. Mike Pence urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call Congress back into session, a little more than two weeks before the midterm elections.
"Washington DC doesn't tax too little, Washington DC spends too much. Raising taxes on job creators won't create jobs," Pence said. "Speaker Nancy Pelosi should call Congress back into session immediately and allow an up-or down-vote on preserving all current tax rates."
Pence was referring to the extension of the so-called Bush-era tax cuts that Congress failed to address before leaving Washington last month. The House GOP Conference chairman also equated the plight of the 33 Chilean miners trapped beneath the ground for 69 days to the U.S. economy.
"This week, the world rejoiced as 33 miners emerged safely from months of dark captivity in a deep Chilean min," Pence said. "Today, many Americans feel trapped under the weight of historic spending and government mandates."
But in his weekly address, President Obama blamed Republicans for voting to reward those who "create jobs and profits overseas."
"We should give tax breaks to American small businesses and manufacturers," Obama said. "We should reward the people who are helping us lead in the industries of the future."
Both messages acknowledged the tough times Americans are facing and promised the economic climate would get better.
"The prosperity of the American people is more important than the political fortunes of any politician or any political party," Pence said.
"We should reward the people who are helping lead in the industries of the future," the president said. "That's how we'll put our people back to work and lead the global economy."