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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary

We are pleased Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have come together around an agreement to extend emergency unemployment benefits for the more than 2 million Americans who have been fighting every day to find a job. The President has repeatedly called on Congress to take action on a compromise solution to extend this vital lifeline for millions of hard-working Americans as they look for work and support their families. This is not just the right thing to do for these Americans looking for work, it’s the right thing to do for our economy. The President urges the Senate to pass the bill and for the House to do the same so that he can sign it into law.