Obama lauds Senate action on unemployment benefits, bashes GOP political gamesmanship

Following the Senate’s reauthorization of an extension to unemployment benefits tonight, President Obama released a statement urging the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly pass its version so he can sign it into law. He blasted Republicans who’d stonewalled a vote on the extension, stating that working Americans “deserve more than obstruction and partisan game-playing that happens too often here in Washington.”

Read his statement:

Tonight, the United States Senate finally overcame weeks of parliamentary roadblocks by a partisan minority, and voted to restore desperately needed unemployment insurance assistance to two and a half million Americans who lost their jobs in the recession. Americans who are working day and night to get back on their feet and support their families in these tough economic times deserve more than obstruction and partisan game-playing that happens too often here in Washington. I thank the members of the Senate who stood on the side of these working families today, and urge members of the House to pass this extension so I can quickly sign it into law. I also call on Congress to act on more proposals that support our economic recovery, including passing critical aid to our states and support to small businesses to create new private sector jobs.

Obama also took to Twitter to thank senators who voted to approve the extension:

I thank the senators who stood on the side of working families and voted to extend the unemployment insurance that is critical to millions.

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