Effort to Block Unemployment Benefits

President Obama had some tough words for Republican leaders.

He’s calling on them to stop blocking a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to more than two million Americans whose checks stopped coming at the end of May. But, GOP lawmakers say they won’t support this plan because it would add to the deficit.

So far, two and a half million Americans have lost their unemployment benefits.

Republican leaders have told the White House they are not against extending unemployment benefits, but, they won’t do it if congress can’t pay for it.

The two parties have been battling over this issue since February. But, the end could be in sight.

Tomorrow, Democrats will pick up the one vote they need to break the Republican block on the bill in the senate when the man chosen to replace the late Robert Byrd is sworn in.

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