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Unemployment extensions: Obama comes down hard on the GOP

The time to act on the jobless  bill is now!  Make a call to your Senator!
The time to act on the jobless bill is now! Make a call to your Senator!

Just a quick update regarding President Obama's stance on unemployment.

In his Saturday morning radio address  July 17th, President Obama said, about the Republicans in the Senate

"They've got no problem spending money on tax breaks for folks at the top who don't need them and didn't even ask for them, but they object to helping folks laid off in this recession who really do need help," Obama said. "And every day this goes on, another 50,000 Americans lose that badly needed lifeline."

From and the AP;

President Barack Obama took aim at Republican lawmakers Monday, accusing them of holding the public hostage to Washington politics by blocking extended unemployment benefits for millions of out of work Americans.

"It's time to do what's right, not for the next election, but for the middle class," Obama said in a presidential jawboning statement in the Rose Garden Monday morning.

On Monday, he sought to cast his Republican opponents as hypocritical for having voted for extensions of unemployment benefits when his Republican predecessor, President George W. Bush, was in the White House, but not now. He accused Republican leaders of subscribing to what he called a misguided notion that providing unemployment aid to people lowers their incentive to look hard for a job.

"That attitude, I think, reflects a lack of faith in the American people," Obama said.

The president said that the out-of-work people he hears from are "not looking for a handout. They desperately want to work. Just right now, they can't find a job."

"These are honest, decent, hardworking folks who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own."

Once again to contact your Senator about the planned vote to extend unemployment benefits, click here.

The time to act is now.


  • Jim 5 years ago

    More Obama BS. HR 4213 could have been passed several WEEKS ago if Reid and the Democrats had voted for the Snowe Enzi amendment to delete Section 413 from HR 4213. Harry Reid is the one who should be blamed here.

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