WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama called on Congress on Tuesday to pass a package of tax changes, credits and loans designed to help the small businesses that he called the "driving force behind this recovery."

In a Rose Garden event, Obama lobbied lawmakers for help as he honored the small-business owners of the year.

Obama is pushing the House and Senate to adopt a package that includes eliminating capital gains taxes for those making long-term investments in small businesses; expanding Small Business Administration loans; creating a lending fund that would target only community banks; and creating a small-business credit program for states that have had to cut back on their own lending programs.