WASHINGTONWASHINGTON May 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday defended himself against critics who say expanded unemployment benefits offered in the COVID relief bill passed in March are keeping Americans from taking new jobs.

"If you're receiving unemployment benefits and you're offered a suitable job, you can't refuse that job and just keep getting unemployment benefits," Biden said.

(Reporting By Nandita Bose and Jarrett Renshaw Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)