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Obama: Congress Shouldn't Have Left Town Without Extending Unemployment Benefits

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"I believe that work should begin with something that Republicans should've done before leaving town this week and that's restoring the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet when they're looking for a job," Obama said.

The president then said extending unemployment benefits should be lawmakers' first order of business when they come back from their holiday vacation.

"So when Congress comes back to work their first order of business should be to making this right," Obama said.