Obama Calls On Congress To Extend Jobless Benefits

WASHINGTON (December 7, 2013) President Barack Obama called on Congress Saturday to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed before they expire at the end of the year.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Mr. Obama said more than one million Americans will lose benefits if lawmakers don't act.

He said unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways to boost the economy and that providing benefits does not stop people from trying to find work.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said he is willing to consider extending the jobless benefits.

In the Republican weekly address, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., called on Mr. Obama to delay his health care law's requirement that all Americans purchase insurance.

She said the law is particularly impacting women, who often make health care choices for their families.

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