The HillTube

Obama: Extend 'lifeline' for unemployed

President Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to "do the right thing and extend a vital lifeline" for those on unemployment.

During a speech in North Carolina, a state that has seen larger than average unemployment, Obama emphasized that those out of work "aren't looking for a handout" or "special treatment."

"There are a lot of people sending out resumes every single day but the job market is still tough in pockets around the country and people need support, a little help so they can look after their families while they're looking for a new job," Obama said during the speech at North Carolina State University.
Obama's remarks come as the Senate failed to extend unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed.

The president traveled to North Carolina to announce the formation of a new public-privare manufacturing institute. White House aides have acknowledged that Obama plans to increase the number of private-public partnerships in the coming months, as part of an effort to use all the levers of the executive branch.

Read more from The Hill.

More in Civil Rights

How to beat extremism

Read more »