[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/19/art.obama.0716i.gi.jpg caption ="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."