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Fri Dec 20, 2013, 04:09 PM

Obama: Congress Shouldn't Have Left Town Without Extending Unemployment Benefits

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DANIEL STRAUSS DECEMBER 20, 2013, 2:35 PM EST

President Barack Obama criticized Congress, and specifically Congressional Republicans, for going home for the holidays without coming to an agreement with Democrats on extending unemployment insurance.

Obama, speaking at a press conference Friday, first praised both Democratic and Republican lawmakers for coming to an agreement on the Murray-Ryan budget framework. But Obama then said that Republican lawmakers should have also come to an agreement with Democrats on extending unemployment benefits that cover roughly 1.3 million Americans who are seeking work.

"I believe that work should begin with something that Republicans should've done before leaving town this week and that's restoring the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet when they're looking for a job," Obama said.

The president then said extending unemployment benefits should be lawmakers' first order of business when they come back from their holiday vacation. "So when Congress comes back to work their first order of business should be to making this right," Obama said.

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Obama: 2014 Needs To Be A Year Of Action

IGOR BOBIC DECEMBER 20, 2013, 2:27 PM EST

President Barack Obama called for a renewed sense of purpose in Washington on Friday, urging Congress to act on extending unemployment insurance, passing comprehensive immigration reform and raising the minimum wage.

"The bottom line is, 2014 needs to be a year of action," he said at a White House press conference. "We have work to do."

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1StrongBlackMan Dec 2013 #3
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 07:41 PM

1. After the fact...or what I call, "barking behind the fence".

Wish he'd challenged them last week when it could have done some good.

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Response to canoeist52 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 07:56 PM

2. You mean like this?...



or maybe you mean like this:

Obama urges Congress to extend unemployment benefits
Dec. 7 - In his weekly address, President Obama calls on Congress to extend jobless benefits for the unemployed before they expire at the end of the year.

http://www.reuters.com/video/2013/12/07/obama-urges-congress-to-extend-unemploym?videoId=274836836


White House to Hill: Don't be a Grinch on jobless aid
December 10, 2013
The Obama administration is making a last-minute push to extend long-term unemployment benefits that otherwise expire just after Christmas for 1.3 million people, including 64,300 in Illinois.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131210/NEWS02/131219970/white-house-to-hill-dont-be-a-grinch-on-jobless-aid#

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Response to DonViejo (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 08:11 PM

3. Don't disrupt the mad with facts. n/t

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 09:19 PM

4. You're gonna break the mantra, 1SBM! But Happy Holidays, anyway! n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 09:20 PM

5. Uh, yeah, I remember those calls to action, DV. Happy Holidays to you, too! n/t

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