Republicans

  • GOP's 'Family Friendly' Bill Allows Comp Time Instead Of Overtime

    GOP's 'Family Friendly' Bill Allows Comp Time Instead Of Overtime

    Republicans in Congress are pushing legislation that would give private-sector workers who more than 40 hours a week the option to take paid time off instead of being paid overtime. Continue Reading

  • Guns In The Workplace: Gun Shop Owner And Legislator Face Off [VIDEO]

    The only things in life that are certain may be death and taxes, but two issues certain to divide this country are abortion and guns. And with heart rates running high over gun control proposals and how to curb gun violence, AOL Jobs' Lunchtime Live video show featured two unusual gun rights defenders:... Continue Reading

  • Michigan GOP Pushes Through Right-To-Work Bill, Amid Angry Protests

    Michigan GOP Pushes Through Right-To-Work Bill, Amid Angry Protests

    LANSING, Mich. -- In an audacious flex of political muscle, Republicans in a single day reached the brink of a goal that for years has seemed an all-but-impossible dream: making the labor bastion of Michigan a right-to-work state. The GOP majority used its superior numbers and backing from Gov. Rick Snyder to... Continue Reading

  • How Talking Politics At Work Can Get You Fired

    How Talking Politics At Work Can Get You Fired

    The conventions are over, but the political banter won't end for months. Presidential elections stir up a lot of emotions, whether you side with the "red," the "blue" or if you consider yourself somewhere in the middle. If you're fired up, it's natural that you may want to talk politics at work. However, you... Continue Reading

  • Federal Budget Cuts Could Result in 2 Million Jobs Lost

    Federal Budget Cuts Could Result in 2 Million Jobs Lost

    By Donna Cassata WASHINGTON -- Automatic cuts in federal spending will cost the economy more than 2 million jobs, from defense contracting to border security to education, if Congress fails to resolve the looming budget crisis, according to an analysis released Tuesday. Continue Reading

  • Romney's Women Jobs-Loss Claim Paints Skewed Picture

    Romney's Women Jobs-Loss Claim Paints Skewed Picture

    By Calvin Woodward WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has come up with an "amazing statistic" and Republicans inside and outside his presidential campaign are doing their utmost to spread it around: "92.3 percent of all the jobs lost during the Obama years have been lost by women." Amazing it may be. As a... Continue Reading

  • Jobs Bill Bogs Down In Senate

    Jobs Bill Bogs Down In Senate

    By Jim Abrams WASHINGTON -- A small business investment bill that had appeared to enjoy wide bipartisan support was in danger of collapsing Tuesday after Senate Democrats and Republicans split over two attempts to amend it. Continue Reading

  • Maine Moves To Allow State Workers To Bring Guns To Work

    Maine Moves To Allow State Workers To Bring Guns To Work

    Legislation passed by Maine lawmakers that permits state employees to bring concealed weapons to work has raised concern among state gun-control advocates, while backers of the bill say it merely puts the state's workers on parity with those privately employed. The Maine House of Representatives passed the... Continue Reading

  • Discussing Politics In The Office: Asking For Trouble?

    Discussing Politics In The Office: Asking For Trouble?

    By Kaitlin Madden At work, there are some topics of conversation that need to be approached cautiously, if at all. Your definitive list of "reasons why your boss sucks," your religious beliefs and your feelings about "The Real Housewives," for example, are all probably better left off of the conversation... Continue Reading

  • Obama To Talk Jobs In NC A Day After GOP Contests

    Obama To Talk Jobs In NC A Day After GOP Contests

    By Anne Gearan WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is keeping up a schedule of weekly visits to politically important states with a trip Wednesday to North Carolina. 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

  • 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

  • Business-Friendly SC May Forgive Romney's Job Cuts

    Business-Friendly SC May Forgive Romney's Job Cuts

    By Jeffrey Collins LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- At first glance, South Carolina seems like a place where attacks on Mitt Romney's experience at the helm of a venture capital firm that cut jobs would resonate in the GOP primary. The state's unemployment rate hasn't been below 9 percent in three years and a... Continue Reading

  • Weak In NH, Gingrich Says He's Talking Jobs In SC

    Weak In NH, Gingrich Says He's Talking Jobs In SC

    By Shannon McCaffrey MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich pledged to take the fight to South Carolina and Florida after finishing well behind the leaders in Tuesday's New Hampshire Republican primary. "We're going to offer the American people something very different," Gingrich told about 200 supporters... Continue Reading

  • GOP Rivals Turn Romney's Jobs Record Against Him

    GOP Rivals Turn Romney's Jobs Record Against Him

    By Kasie Hunt and Charles Babington NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Mitt Romney's Republican rivals accused him Monday of exaggerating his successes and coldly laying off thousands of workers while heading a profitable venture capital firm, an effort to turn the presidential front-runner's biggest asset into a... Continue Reading

  • Romney Under Fire For Claiming To Know The Fear Of Being Fired

    Romney Under Fire For Claiming To Know The Fear Of Being Fired

    As this year's field of Republican presidential candidates heads into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, plenty of focus is on the leader of the pack -- Mitt Romney. The one-time Massachusetts governor is on familiar territory in the Granite State, and polls show Romney coasting to an easy win. That's despite... 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

  • Holiday Showdown Over Payroll Tax Tests Obama, GOP

    Holiday Showdown Over Payroll Tax Tests Obama, GOP

    By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stuck in a stalemate, President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are slugging it out in Washington rather than reaching for a holiday season accord to prevent payroll taxes from going up on 160 million workers. The tax increases, as well as cuts to Medicare... Continue Reading

  • House GOP To Reject Stopgap Payroll Tax Cut

    House GOP To Reject Stopgap Payroll Tax Cut

    By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the Senate adjourned for the holidays, House Republicans are moving to shelve a bipartisan two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut that cleared the Senate over the weekend and are demanding instead that their fellow lawmakers return to the Capitol... 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

  • 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

  • White House Adviser Says GOP Lacks Ideas On Jobs

    White House Adviser Says GOP Lacks Ideas On Jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior White House adviser says none of the Republicans who want President Barack Obama's job has offered any substantive proposals to lower unemployment. Continue Reading

  • Senate Republicans Likely To Kill Obama Jobs Bill

    Senate Republicans Likely To Kill Obama Jobs Bill

    By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's jobs bill, facing a critical test in the Senate, appears likely to die at the hands of Republicans opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires. Continue Reading

  • House GOP Seeks To Cut Job Training

    House GOP Seeks To Cut Job Training

    By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON -- Setting a collision course with Democrats that could drag out for months, House Republicans on Thursday unveiled plans to cut federal money for job training, heating subsidies and grants to better-performing schools. The draft measure for labor, health and education programs... Continue Reading

  • Obama Says GOP Must Back U.S. First, Create Jobs

    Obama Says GOP Must Back U.S. First, Create Jobs

    DETROIT -- President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country's interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth. "Show us what you've got," he said. Continue Reading