Obama calls on Congress to extend jobless benefits

Obama calls on Congress to extend jobless benefits before the end of the year

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Obama calls on Congress to extend jobless benefits
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President Barack Obama, speaks as the National Christmas Tree glows behind him during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed before they expire at the end of the year.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says more than one million Americans will lose benefits if lawmakers don't act. He says unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways to boost the economy and that providing benefits does not stop people from trying to find work.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said he is willing to consider extending the jobless benefits.

In the Republican weekly address, North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers calls on Obama to delay his health care law's requirement that all Americans purchase insurance. She says the law is particularly impacting women, who often make health care choices for their families.

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