Obama fights to extend unemployment benefits

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President Obama spoke from the lawn of the White House yesterday morning in defense of extending unemployment benefits to millions of Americans whose checks may soon stop coming.

Many who have been against the measure have argued that extending unemployment makes being unemployed seem more appealing than actually looking for a job.

"Those who say this takes away their incentive to get back to work should talk to Jim, Leslie and Denise," President Obama said, referring to three currently unemployed Americans who he had with him during his address.

GOP lawmakers, and others opposed to the bill, say they will support an extension of benefits if the bill is paid for and doesn't add to the national debt.

The bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate today.

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