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  • VIDEO: House Democrats urge GOP to take up unemployment benefits bill

    The Senate on Monday approved a bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits for five months with a vote of 59-38. The bill now needs to pass the House of Representatives, which may prove to be a tougher task.   House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., praised the Senate for the...

  • GOP defends policies as female-friendly

    During the weekly House GOP leadership news conference, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and two senior female Republicans criticized congressional Democrats' push for more federal regulations that they argue would guarantee that women receive "equal pay" for doing the same work as men.

  • Unemployment benefits bill headed to House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

  • Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well. Steps are needed "to restore...

  • Unemployment benefits extension clears Senate but faces challenges in House

    The Senate on Monday evening passed legislation to temporarily extend long-term unemployment benefits that expired late last year, though the bill faces a rocky path in the House. The upper chamber approved the measure 59-38, with six Republicans siding with Democrats to support the measure,...

  • Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel has been a force in politics — the mastermind behind a Democratic takeover of Congress, dealmaker in two White Houses and now the hard-charging mayor intent on fixing what ails the nation's third-largest city, no matter whom he ticks off in the process. But less...

  • Settlement fails in Rhode Island pension overhaul

    A proposed settlement that would have ended the legal fight over Rhode Island's 2011 landmark pension overhaul, which has been a model for other states looking to rein in runaway pension costs, was rejected by one of the groups voting on it, officials announced Monday. The parties were ordered...

  • Missouri lawmakers want to limit out-of-state welfare

    State lawmakers are moving to tighten rules on a cash assistance program for the poor in response to an audit that raised questions about whether hundreds of Missouri welfare recipients are living out of state. While strengthening some standards, however, lawmakers are proposing to loosen...

  • Illinois' next pension issue: Police and fire funds

    Mayors across Illinois are demanding that state lawmakers address serious shortfalls in local police and fire pension funds. The effort comes after the Illinois Legislature dealt with the state's own pension problem last year.

  • House Dems push back on administration's proposed Medicare Advantage cuts

    Several House Democrats have urged the Obama administration to reconsider proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage plans. While typically it's Republicans who rail against White House health care provisions, more than a half-dozen Democrats took to the House floor Thursday to complain about...

  • Health care bill helps add 3 million to Medicaid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law....

  • Good news regarding long-term unemployment in March

    There was no evidence in the March employment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of a major bounceback for a jobs market slowed by harsh weather earlier this year, but there were some good signs in the Friday report for the group struggling the most, the long-term unemployed. The...

  • Lawmakers fear blame for Chicago pension tax hike

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don't directly approve it. House Speaker Michael Madigan wanted quick...

  • Bill extends tax breaks for wind farms, filmmakers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wind farms, NASCAR tracks and filmmakers would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday. Some U.S. firms with foreign income would be winners too after Senate Finance Committee Chairman...

  • Applications for US jobless aid up 16,000 to 326,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average...



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