Barack Obama

Obama Urges Congress To Restore Unemployment Benefits

A bipartisan Senate proposal would reinstate jobless benefits for three months

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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Congress to reinstate jobless benefits for more than a million Americans.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the unemployment insurance is a "vital economic lifeline" for many people. And he says failure to reinstate the benefits will cause the economy to slow for all Americans.