Obama Praises Senate Vote on Unemployment Benefits

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_b3d51ff84e.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In an event with unemployed workers at the White House Tuesday, President Obama lauded the Senate’s procedural vote on unemployment insurance benefits and urged both chambers of Congress to quickly pass the measure. “The good news is this morning the Senate took a very important step in that direction,” the president said at the White House Tuesday.

“We’ve got to get this across the finish line without obstruction or delay, and we need the House of Representatives to be able to vote for it as well.”

“Voting for unemployment insurance helps people and creates jobs, and voting against it does not,” he added.  

The president disputed the argument that extending benefits for the unemployed “saps their motivation to get a new job.”

“That really sells the American people short,” Obama said. “I can’t name a time where I met an American who would rather have an unemployment check than the pride of having a job.”

On ABC News’ This Week on Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., argued that providing insurance benefits to the unemployed for an extended period of time could lead to a “disincentive to work.”

“I'm not against having unemployment insurance. I do think, though, that the longer you have it, that it provides some disincentive to work,” Paul said.

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