Unemployment benefits

Unemployment bill headed to the House

Unemployment bill headed to the House

Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession. “As many Americans continue to struggle without benefits, we respectfully request that the […]

Renewing unemployment benefits stalls in Senate

Renewing unemployment benefits stalls in Senate

Efforts to renew emergency federal jobless benefits for 1.5 million Americans stalled in the Senate on Tuesday when Democrats and Republicans rejected each other’s proposals. Both sides vowed to keep looking for a compromise, but it appeared unlikely they would find one before next week’s Senate recess. “It is extremely important that we act, and […]

Unemployment showdown in Senate

Unemployment showdown in Senate

His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. It will require a deft and careful use of his powers, combining a public campaign in the face of protests over his administration’s record number of […]

Federal workers ordered to return jobless benefits

Federal workers ordered to return jobless benefits

Federal employees furloughed during the partial shutdown of the U.S. government this month will have to return any jobless benefits they received given that Congress has approved retroactive pay, the Labor Department said on Friday. States will have to collect and send back to the federal government unemployment benefits granted to thousands of federal workers […]

States force unemployed to pay needless fees

States force unemployed to pay needless fees

  Jobless Americans are paying millions in unnecessary fees to collect unemployment benefits because of state policies encouraging them to get the money through bank-issued payment cards, according to a new report from a consumer group. People are using the fee-heavy cards instead of getting their payments deposited directly to their bank accounts. That’s because […]

Jobs report shows momentum for new year

Jobs report shows momentum for new year

The government is expected to report Friday that businesses stepped up hiring in December, a trend likely to gain momentum in 2011. Economists are predicting that employers added a net total of 145,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate dipped to 9.7 percent. Some are even more optimistic after a private payroll firm […]

Obama’s tax bill means nothing to long-term jobless

Obama’s tax bill means nothing to long-term jobless

The tax-cut bill President Barack Obama is expected to sign Friday renews benefits for millions of unemployed people. But it does nothing for hundreds of thousands who have been out of work so long they’ve used up all benefits available to them. In the 25 states with unemployment of at least 8.5 percent, people can […]

Tax bill foes say ‘yes, damn it,’ it will pass

Tax bill foes say ‘yes, damn it,’ it will pass

With the White House stepping up pressure and even bringing in former President Bill Clinton as the closer, even foes of the Obama tax cut deal see it passing and passing soon. Obama chief advisor David Axelrod acknowledged the tough battle will be in the House, which has rejected the legislation already but the aide […]

Obama signs unemployment bill

Obama signs unemployment bill

Federal checks could begin flowing again as early as next week to millions of jobless people who lost up to seven weeks of unemployment benefits in a congressional standoff. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a restoration of benefits for people who have been out of work for six months or more. Congress […]