Congress

  • Obama Drafting Executive Order Targeting LGBT Workplace Discrimination

    Obama Drafting Executive Order Targeting LGBT Workplace Discrimination

    It's still legal to fire workers for being LGBT in 32 states

    Amid growing impatience with Congress, President Obama has asked his staff to draft an executive order targeting LGBT discrimination in the workplace. Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • Congress Ready To Pass Bill For Vets, Contractors

    Congress Ready To Pass Bill For Vets, Contractors

    By Alan Fram WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is getting ready to send President Barack Obama a bill helping government contractors and unemployed veterans that contains the first shred of his jobs plan likely to reach his desk for his signature. The House planned to vote on the legislation Wednesday and... Continue Reading

  • Poll: Few Americans Believe Obama Or Congress Has A Good Jobs Plan

    Poll: Few Americans Believe Obama Or Congress Has A Good Jobs Plan

    Many Americans are looking for answers when it comes to lowering the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate. But a new poll suggests that few have faith in either President Obama or Congress to get the job done. Just 38 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said that they believed President Obama had a... Continue Reading

  • Analysis: Yes, Parts Of The Jobs Bill Will Pass

    Analysis: Yes, Parts Of The Jobs Bill Will Pass

    By David Espo WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress will almost certainly approve the parts of President Barack Obama's jobs bill that extend the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits. But his calls for new spending and a surtax on millionaires seem doomed. It's a legislative reality largely missing in... Continue Reading

  • Lawmakers, White House Regroup On Jobs

    Lawmakers, White House Regroup On Jobs

    By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress and the White House face the choice of continued fighting or a shift toward bipartisan bargaining after the Senate voted to kill President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs plan. Continue Reading

  • Obama Pushes Jobs Plan To Jumpstart Hiring

    Obama Pushes Jobs Plan To Jumpstart Hiring

    With the country's job creation engine stalled, President Barack Obama hopes to restart hiring again through a number of initiatives contained within the $447 billion American Jobs Act that he outlined last week. The legislation contains five key components aimed at helping small businesses grow and hire,... Continue Reading

  • Fed Up With Congress,  Woman Takes To Skies To Say 'You Should All Be Fired'

    Fed Up With Congress, Woman Takes To Skies To Say 'You Should All Be Fired'

    Standard & Poor's recent downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating, following lengthy, contentious budget negotiations in Washington, has ruffled the feathers of pundits and ordinary Americans alike. Many professional critics, including former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich... Continue Reading

  • Nancy Pelosi: Job Change Means New Twitter Account

    Nancy Pelosi: Job Change Means New Twitter Account

    On Tuesday, the new GOP leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives was sworn in. That means that the former Democratic leadership, including Nancy Pelosi's position as speaker, was officially over with. Given this change in job description, Pelosi has thus far made all the right moves -- starting with... Continue Reading