The White House on Thursday said it expected Congress to quickly extend unemployment insurance early next year if lawmakers leave Washington before the deadline for expiring jobless benefits.
"Unfortunately, the House is leaving tomorrow. They've made clear that they go on recess for the holiday tomorrow," said White House press secretary Jay Carney. "If Congress does not act in time before those benefits expire, we would absolutely expect them to act as soon as possible upon their return."
A vote to extend such benefits, which are set to expire Dec. 28, will likely have to wait until 2013.