Obama says the unemployed are not lazy
US President Barack Obama has appealed to Congress to renew payments to nearly 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans.
On Tuesday, the Democrat-led Senate voted to limit debate on a three-month extension of jobless benefits, but the bill's fate in the Republican-led House remains unclear.
"The long-term unemployed are not lazy," Mr Obama said at the White House on Tuesday.
"They're coping with the aftermath of the worst economic crisis in generations," he added.
07 Jan 2014