The White House says that more than 120,000 New Yorkers will be affected when their long-term unemployment benefits expire on December 28.
Congress did not act on an unemployment insurance extension before their holiday break.
The U.S. long-term unemployment rate stands at 2.6 percent, which is considered to be abnormally high
White House Economic Adviser Gene Sperling says that the failure to extend benefits will hurt those who need it the most.
"These are New Yorkers. These are people who have worked," Sperling said. "They're eligible for unemployment benefits because they had been working, and that they are struggling in the legacy of the worst recession we've had since the Great Depression."
The Obama administration is backing a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate that will extend benefits for a year.
Congress returns to Washington on January 6.