Obama to Sen. Republicans: ‘It’s Time to do What’s Right’ and Stop Blocking Unemployment Benefits

July 19, 2010

(ChattahBox)—President Obama just appeared in the White House Rose Garden to implore Senate Republicans to end their filibustering of the jobs bill extending unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed and providing tax cuts to small business. His harsh message to Republicans, he referred to as a “partisan minority,” is a follow up to his weekly national radio address on Saturday, wherein he chided the GOP for suddenly developing a concern for the deficit “on the backs of the unemployed.” With unemployed Americans standing next to him, the President slammed Senate Republicans for suggesting that unemployment benefits makes people lazy. Such heartless attitudes “reflects a lack of faith in American people, said Obama.

Obama’s message was forceful and emotional, as he spoke of the difficulty Americans encounter finding a job when five applicants apply for every one position. The unemployed are “honest decent hard-working folks” whom “need emergency relief to weather this economic storm,” said Obama.

The President pointed out that it’s been a “tradition” to provide for emergency relief to the unemployed, as it was done during the Bush administration.

“We have a responsibility” to extend unemployment assistance to suffering Americans, said Obama, adding it’s “essential” that the vote on Tuesday to extend benefits results in the passage of the bill.

Obama ended his remarks, by urging Republicans to stop playing political games, before an election. “It’s time to do what’s right, said Obama.


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