U.S. President Barack Obama has marked the second anniversary of the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq by thanking soldiers and their families for their sacrifices.

During his weekly address Saturday, Obama spoke of his visit to Fort Bliss, Texas Friday, where he congratulated the soldiers on their accomplishments.

The president also said progress has been made against the Taliban in Afghanistan, but more difficult work lies ahead.  He said the U.S. is on track to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2014.

President Obama said as troops return home they should not have to fight for a job.  Obama says helping troops realize their dreams is the way to show them honor.

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In the Republican address, Congressman Steve Scalise urged Democrats to help stop a tax hike on small businesses set to take effect in January 1st.

He said the tax will make it more difficult for small business owners to hire new workers.  Scalise says keeping the "American Dream"  alive means supporting an economy that promotes freedom and private sector job opportunities."