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U.S. Senate Delays Vote on Jobless Bill

U.S. Senate Delays Vote on Jobless Bill

The U.S. Senate abruptly postponed until Tuesday a vote on a White House-backed bill to extend jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans. Read More »

States, Local Governments To Add 220,000 Jobs By End Of This Year, Report Says

States, Local Governments To Add 220,000 Jobs By End Of This Year, Report Says

Whether the U.S. is in the midst of an economic and jobs creation comeback may be debatable. Read More »

The Least Trusted Profession In The Country Is ...

The Least Trusted Profession In The Country Is ...

Members of Congress and car salespeople wouldn't seem to have a lot in common. Politicians spend their days debating big national issues, like how to resolve the "fiscal cliff," while car salespeople spent their time trying to get customers to buy, say, the 2012 Honda Civic. But when it comes to perceived... Read More »

Fiscal Cliff: Will It Lead To Massive Layoffs?

Fiscal Cliff: Will It Lead To Massive Layoffs?

Now that the election is over, the No. 1 political buzzword in America is "fiscal cliff." And it's because Congress and President Obama are wrangling over a looming perfect storm of deadlines. On Jan. 1, 2013, the George W. Bush-era tax cuts will expire and automatic federal spending cuts are simultaneously... Read More »

Bill to Ban Employers' Facebook Snooping Introduced In Congress

Bill to Ban Employers' Facebook Snooping Introduced In Congress

Should some members of Congress get their way, employers will soon be banned from snooping in your Facebook page. Two lawmakers introduced a bill that would make it illegal for employers to require applicants and employees to divulge personal online information for social-networking sites, including... Read More »

Job Creation Driving Highway Bills In Congress

Job Creation Driving Highway Bills In Congress

By Joan Lowy WASHINGTON -- The lure of roads, bridges, buses and trains isn't enough anymore to drive an expensive transportation bill through Congress. So to round up votes, congressional leaders are pitching the bills as the hottest thing around these days: job generators. Read More »

Where Did Congress Go To College? [Infographic]

Where Did Congress Go To College? [Infographic]

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum sought to make some political hay last weekend by taking President Obama to task for purportedly saying he wants all Americans to go to college. Speaking to a gathering of some 1,000 conservative activists in Troy, Mich., on Saturday, Santorum called the... Read More »

GOP Promotes Plan To Help Small Businesses

GOP Promotes Plan To Help Small Businesses

By Jim Abrams WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a package of largely uncontroversial measures they said will help small businesses raise capital and create jobs while showing that Congress can put aside its partisan differences and act in the country's economic interests. Read More »

Obama Touting Payroll Tax Cut Extension Deal

Obama Touting Payroll Tax Cut Extension Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will be joined at the White House on Tuesday by taxpayers who stand to benefit from a payroll tax cut extension. Read More »

Congress Moves Toward Ending Payroll Tax-Cut Fight

Congress Moves Toward Ending Payroll Tax-Cut Fight

By Alan Fram WASHINGTON -- Congress is getting ready to vote on extending a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for people out of work the longest, a showdown that many legislators hope will finally end a standoff that has dominated Washington since the fall. Lawmakers were... Read More »

Top Bargainers Announce Payroll Tax Cut Deal

Top Bargainers Announce Payroll Tax Cut Deal

By Alan Fram WASHINGTON (AP) -- Relieved congressional bargainers say they've reached agreement on compromise legislation extending payroll tax cuts and benefits for the long-term unemployed through 2012, edging a white-hot political battle a major step closer to finally being resolved. Read More »

Jobs, Energy, Values Top Issues In Obama Address

Jobs, Energy, Values Top Issues In Obama Address

In his State of the Union speech before Congress last night, President Obama sought to reassure recession-weary Americans that the economy is on the right track, by naming proposals aimed at helping the beleaguered middle class. He called it a "blueprint for an economy that's built to last," and one that... Read More »

Payroll Tax Negotiations Open Amid Optimism

Payroll Tax Negotiations Open Amid Optimism

By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON (AP) -- Negotiations to renew a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more kicked off on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with both sides optimistic of an agreement despite last year's bitter battles over President Barack Obama's jobs proposals. Read More »

Obama To Press Congress To Revisit $1.2 Trillion In Cuts

Obama To Press Congress To Revisit $1.2 Trillion In Cuts

By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON -- In its budget submission next month, the Obama administration will urge lawmakers to revisit the failed attempt by a congressional supercommittee to cut the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion, the White House says. The proposal runs counter to the common wisdom in Washington... Read More »

Congress Revisiting Bruising Payroll Tax Cut Fight

Congress Revisiting Bruising Payroll Tax Cut Fight

By Alan Fram WASHINGTON (AP) -- With television lights glaring, 20 lawmakers will gather next week to revisit the fight that consumed Congress before Christmas over renewing a Social Security payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. Read More »

Congress Hopes To Wrap Up Work On Payroll Tax Cuts

Congress Hopes To Wrap Up Work On Payroll Tax Cuts

By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON (AP) -- Capping a full retreat by House GOP leaders, Congress will convene Friday in hopes of approving a stopgap measure renewing payroll tax cuts for every worker and unemployment benefits for millions - despite serious opposition among some tea party Republicans. Friday's... Read More »

Understanding Congress' Payroll Tax Cut Fight

Understanding Congress' Payroll Tax Cut Fight

By Alan Fram WASHINGTON (AP) -- If President Barack Obama, the House and the Senate all want to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits through next year, why are they fighting so bitterly over doing it? Obama, House Democrats and lopsided majorities of both parties in the Senate... Read More »

House GOP Out To Reshape Senate's Payroll Tax Cut

House GOP Out To Reshape Senate's Payroll Tax Cut

By Alan Fram WASHINGTON -- Congress is edging closer to yet another down-to-the wire showdown as House Republicans shun a bipartisan payroll tax cut bill approved by the Senate and prepare to write a package to please rank-and-file GOP lawmakers clamoring for a more conservative version. The House was... Read More »

Congress Weighing Length Of Jobless Benefits

Congress Weighing Length Of Jobless Benefits

By Tom Raum WASHINGTON (AP) -- Is there any downside to extending federal jobless benefits, as Congress is about to do? The benefits are a crucial lifeline to the longtime unemployed. But they also can be a disincentive to looking for work and prolong joblessness, economists say, as lawmakers weigh... Read More »

10 States Where The Most Unemployed Could Lose Benefits

10 States Where The Most Unemployed Could Lose Benefits

Nearly 2 million Americans currently receiving unemployment benefits stand to lose coverage this January if Congress does not extend the emergency federal unemployment insurance program. 24/7 Wall St. has reviewed a study by the National Employment Law Project to identify the ten states where the most people... Read More »

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