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.