July 19th, 2010
07:42 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to call for extension of jobless benefits

President Obama on Monday will call for an extension of unemployment benefits.
President Obama on Monday will call for an extension of unemployment benefits.

(CNN) – President Obama will call on Congress to extend benefits for jobless Americans during an appearance in the Rose Garden on Monday morning, a White House official said.

The president is expected to have strong words for Republicans, who he will say have previously supported unemployment extensions under Republican presidents but refuse to offer relief to middle class families today, the official said.

On Saturday, during his weekly radio and internet address, Obama blasted Republicans for blocking efforts to extend the time unemployed Americans can receive government benefits.

"Some Republican leaders actually treat this unemployment insurance as if it's a form of welfare," he said. "They say it discourages folks from looking for work. Well, I've met a lot of folks looking for work these past few years, and I can tell you, I haven't met any Americans who would rather have an unemployment check than a meaningful job that lets you provide for your family."

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  1. Keith in Austin

    Bought and paid for by the American Taxpayer of course!

    July 19, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Harry in Texas

    Let's see, Goldman pays $550 million fine to the US government. There are about 300 million people in the USA. How about if the government gives $1 million to every person in the USA, and the remaining $250 million can be used to defray the legal costs for getting the money out of Goldman.

    Now that's a jobless benefit!

    July 19, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Renee

    Shame on the Republicans. Help not hinder. We will not forget this at the polls.

    July 19, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Fed Up American

    I will say it now, and I've been saying it for the last 2 years plus.....

    The Republican Party is the equivalent of (Al Queada & the Taliban).!

    These people who run around expousing their love of country, but at the sametime doing and saying things that are in fact a detriment to the regular American citizen....To claim you love your country, and at the sametime running around talking about repealing "Healthcare" and denying Americans a chance to be seen by a doctor, but they say they love their country....!

    People that have worked hard, and unfortunately had to apply for un-employment benefits......The Republicans have turned it into one of their mantras from the Ronald Reagan Era, "Welfare is Evil", they've turned un-employment benefits into a "Welfare Issue"....

    Republicans DO NOT LOVE their country, they love THE REPULBICAN PARTY, NOT AMERICA......!

    July 19, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Blaum

    "and I can tell you, I haven't met any Americans who would rather have an unemployment check than a meaningful job....."

    Really?

    I have...

    you haven't met many people, Barry....

    July 19, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Greg Pottstown PA

    If the stimulus is working and the country is headed in the right direction as obama keeps telling us why do we need to extend benefits? Wouldn't those people be back at work soon? Or is Obama just full of it?

    July 19, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. jim

    This is typical Obama.He's had months in office to put people back to work and get them off unemploment and the rate is nearly what it was when he came in.And he says he wants to do something about the nation 's debt but want stop unfunded spending.Yesterday,Secretary of State went to Pakistan and gave them 500 million of taxpayers money for their economy to be used by their people.What about Americans Mr. President?The Republicans want people to get their unemployment too ,they just want it to be paid for.

    July 19, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Liz the First

    Our president cares about we, the people. the rethuglican'ts are blocking extension of these benefits that will keep people in their homes, keep them eating, keep them from turning to a life of crime in desparation in order to feed their children. and the rethugs are the party of 'family values???' oh, puh-leeze! as usual, their short-sighted, just plain mean position would mean a worsening of the recession. if the American people don't soon see these monsters for what they are, we are in very deep trouble.

    July 19, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Unemployed by Obama

    Just wish he wouldn't keep calling for an extension of joblessness...

    July 19, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Aslam RRT/RCP

    I am a 51 year old man, Grandfather of 11, who has been Un-Employed for 2yrs this month of July, its been awful, the way things
    have been going. I have been a Restigered Respiratory Therapist
    for 30 yr. I have never been Un-Employed this long in the Field of
    Respiratory Care. I have placed Hundreds of Resume and on line
    Job appilications in the State of Ohio and Indiana over the past 2yrs with no avil, to go from woking, Full Time in the Medical Field,
    to Un-Employment Benifits, to no Income is Gruling and sometimes Un-Bearible. I would love to get back in the Field of Respiratory Care
    I Hope Congress passes this Extension soon.. as a Veteran of the US Army,Has the Rich decided to go to War with the Poor in this Country? Who is the Senate really Fighting,
    and What has happened to the Great American Dream?
    and the saying For the People and by the People Its time to Help
    the People. Please pass this Extension

    Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Aslam , Reynoldsburgh, Ohio

    July 19, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. Dis-gusted

    The Republicans are absolutely out of touch with the crisis of unemployed. The idea that extended unemployment benefits just delay the unemployed from seeking work is just nuts! I have seen so much emotional behavior from those who are worried to death and are just heart-broken and angry because they cannot provide for their children's (family) needs. It is astonishing that the Party of No, who caused this financial crisis in the first place, is now even throwing fuel on the fire. I wonder how many votes they will get next November and in 2012?

    July 19, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. eatmydust

    I can see the US in 2012 still extending unemployment benefits. Sure, I am empathetic to the unemployed. The democrats, however, just want Americans to depend on the federal government for support rather than the government do the hard job and assist establishing jobs for people who want to work. People, we have to get off the government dole even if it means starting up our own private little businesses. Our country is nearing bankruptcy. Where the devil does Obama think all the money will come from the keep supporting so many Americans? Are we all to be taxed out of existence so Obama and his minions can wave their magic money wand and put us further in debt?

    July 19, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    This I will agree on.......but ONLY if it is a single line item, with no attached pork!!!!!

    July 19, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    It is welfare to some degree!! It is more of Obama's social redistribution. The working wealthy and middle class pay for all the other folks.. Many of those unemployed are perfectly happy receiving a government check and sitting at home playing video games! I am not opposed to extending some benefits but there needs to be cuts elsewhere to offset the spending.

    July 19, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |