White House presses Congress to extend unemployment benefits for three months

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Dec 27, 2013 4:19 PM
The White House on the eve of unemployment benefits expiring for 1.3 million Americans called on lawmakers to extend the federal aid for three months once they return to Washington. “As the president has repeatedly made clear, it defies economic sense, precedent and our values to allow 1.3 million Americans fighting to find jobs to see their unemployment insurance abruptly cut off — especially in the middle of the holiday season,” said Gene Sperling, President Obama’s top economic adviser. “Never before have we abruptly cut off emergency unemployment insurance when we faced this level of long-term unemployment and it would be a blow to these families and our economy,” Sperling added.