Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits

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December 8, 2013

Although the jobless rate in November fell to its lowest level since he took office, President Obama called on Republican lawmakers Saturday to spend tens of billions on unemployment benefits that are set to expire this month.

“It shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. But he said the “economic lifeline” is in jeopardy.

“All because Republicans in this Congress — which is on track to be the most unproductive in history — have so far refused to extend it” Mr. Obama said.

If Congress doesn’t act before lawmakers leave on their holiday break, about 1.3 million unemployed Americans will see their benefits run out. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated it would cost taxpayers about $26 billion to extend the benefits through next year.

The jobless rate in November dropped from 7.3 percent to 7 percent, its lowest level of Mr. Obama’s presidency. But the president said that’s no reason to cut off benefits for those still out of work.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • nbamron says:

    there’s only one hole we should be talking about and it is the one we’ll bury the Democrat Marxists of America in.

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