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Obama Wants "Emergency" Extension of Unemployment Benefits After Signing Spending Bill That Has It Expiring Today For 1.3 Million People

President Obama briefly interrupted his holiday vacation here Friday to urge Congress to pass an emergency extension of unemployment benefits.

With roughly 1.3 million out-of-work Americans set to lose their unemployment insurance starting Saturday, the White House said that Obama placed separate telephone calls Friday to Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) to offer his support for their proposal to extend benefits for three months.

Source: Washington Post. Read full article. (link)

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  • RightNut||

    Shorter Obama: "Oops!"

  • ||

    "President Obama briefly interrupted his holiday vacation here Friday."

    Not only the most transparent ever but the hardest working evah!

  • Andrew S.||

    Why not just drop the charade and extend permanent benefits to anyone without a job? It's where we're heading anyways.

  • fish_remote||

    Why not just drop the charade and extend permanent benefits to anyone without a job?

    That's just nuts Andrew....let's just get these good people through the 2014 midterms....then we'll wind it down.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Green shoots take time to grow. We'll deal with that deficit thing in the future. I'll stop my heroin habit once I'm back on my feet.

  • Sevo||

    Obo wants "emergency extensions" of every one if his mistakes.

  • Jerry on the boat||

    There is nothing as permanent as a temporary emergency extension.

  • Eric Bana||

    This should fix everything.

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  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    The economy is doing great, you stupid Bush loving ratfuckers.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Which is why we have to extend emergency unemployment insurance begun under the Bush administration... See? It's all Bush's fault. (At least on the spending side that's true).

  • Sevo||

    And Bush's wars came with a life-time guarantee! Guaranteed to continue through two Dem administrations!
    That guy Bush is *amazing*!