In eight of the nine states that have cut benefits, the unemployment insurance recipiency rate has fallen faster than the
"With 2.1 job seekers for every job opening, Congress has essentially shredded the safety net while chances of finding work
Then, following a government shutdown last fall, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) got to work on a
"There is a mountain of evidence that if you pay people too generously, it actually discourages some people from seeking
Businesses reported strong payroll growth in April. The separate household survey, however, showed that all of the decline in the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent was due to a drop in labor force participation.
Despite significant public support for continuing long-term unemployment benefits -- with polls showing Americans by a two-to-one margin favor extended benefits -- Speaker Boehner continues to give the same excuses for inaction.
Bruce Hirshfield's typified the bunch. The Bethany, Conn., native remains unemployed 16 months after losing his high-paying
Backers of the legislation reject the criticism and note that such emergency relief in the past routinely received strong
Congress should act quickly to reauthorize EUC retroactively. That would restore benefits to those 200,000 and keep the total number of vets -- and other long-term unemployed workers -- denied emergency jobless benefits from continuing to grow.
Are Republicans inconsistent when they sometimes support using offsets and indexing and sometimes don't? Not at all. They're actually very consistent. When capital comes asking for gifts, Republicans act like Santa Claus. When labor is the supplicant, they conduct themselves more like Scrooge.
To mobilize the Democratic base, the president and Democrats in Congress are going to have to do things much differently -- fight much harder, battle much more visibly and act much more boldly than they have in recent years.
"The premise that the sequester is a policy on which we ought to fund things I think is not a good one, whether it is 2024
"I don't know if there will be the votes for it ... probably not mine," Republican Senator Jeff Flake told Reuters, saying
The fact that the bill is moving ahead in the Senate sets up a debate where both sides are mutually suspicious of the other's
Democrats seem certain to fail in yet another major initiative - this one to increase the federal minimum wage. But they
But if they do, both can expect a steep climb in the Republican-led House of Representatives, which rejected most of Obama's
Reid concluded, "So Republicans in Congress have to get away from being Republicans in Congress." Reid and other Democrats
"I'm not against having unemployment insurance," the Kentucky Republican said on ABC's "This Week." "I do think, though, that
Below, read the full text from Obama's weekly address. Or, watch the video (via The White House) A bipartisan proposal in
Unemployment is not just a blue collar problem. As Torian's experience shows, it can affect even Beltway power players. And it comes without much, if any, warning. When the consulting firm that Torian worked for after his time on the Hill folded, there were few options available.