Obama to unveil help for long-term unemployed in State of Union address

Barack Obama, State of the UnionThe Guardian

President Barack Obama will announce a new plan next week to help Americans who continue to struggle to find jobs even as the economy recovers from recession, his senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, said on Saturday.

Obama’s efforts to help the long-term unemployed are part of an economic strategy he will lay out in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday and expound upon during a four-state tour, Pfeiffer said in a mass email from the White House. Earlier President Obama had used his weekly address to pledge action to tackle sexual violence, including in the military and at colleges.  

“With some action on all our parts, we can help more job seekers find work, and more working Americans find the economic security they deserve,” Pfeiffer said.

“That’s why, in the week following the speech, President Obama will travel to communities across the country – including Prince George’s County, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Nashville, before returning to the White House to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed.”

Obama has vowed to address the gap between rich and poor in America and has said he will do what he can even without help from a deeply divided Congress. Already this year, Congress thwarted Obama’s efforts to extend jobless benefits for people who have been unsuccessfully seeking work for more than six months. Benefits for 1.5 million Americans expired at the end of 2013. The Senate failed in mid-January to agree on a plan to renew the benefits.

Obama had promised earlier this month that he would bring a group of chief executive officers to the White House to persuade them to hire more people from the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

“We’re going to try to work with CEOs to make a pledge that we’re going to take a second look at these Americans who are very eager to get back to work and have the capacity to do so, but aren’t getting the kind of shot that they need,” Obama said on 14 January, ahead of a meeting with his cabinet.


5 thoughts on “Obama to unveil help for long-term unemployed in State of Union address

  1. His help will probably be “take from social security and redistribute it to unemployment benefits and food stamps”.

    It’s the only move he has left.

    1. Keeping in line with the lib methodology of the past 5 years he could simply ban being unemployed.

      Expect blame to be shifted from President Manchurian to others as he is above fault & beyond blame. Another mockery of the nation coming front & center in a few days. How embarrassing.

    2. You may be right NC, but I pray this isn’t so. If he does that, then I will be on the street for sure.
      . . .

  2. State of the Union? What union? Maybe they should just change it to the State of Wall Street Address. Because they sure don’t seem to care about anyone else.

  3. Unless he can extend benefits through till the end of Nov. 2015 his party is through, this isn’t about trying to help people, this is about keeping money in the pockets of people who will continue to spend it and try to save jobs and keep the Dems ruling longer. A consumer based economy can not last forever, you have to produce something, trees have to die, land has to be mined, something has to be turned into something else, just giving out money or asking retail based businesses to hire more aint going to cut it.

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