Poll: Majority support for extending jobless benefits
January 9th, 2014
08:21 AM ET
3 months ago

Poll: Majority support for extending jobless benefits

Washington (CNN) – As a push to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed faces an uncertain future in Congress, a new national poll indicates majority support for a three-month extension.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey, 58% of registered voters nationwide say they favor a three-month extension of the benefits for people currently out of work.
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Filed under: Congress • Polls • unemployment
Prospects worsen for Senate passage of unemployment benefits
January 8th, 2014
05:11 PM ET
3 months ago

Prospects worsen for Senate passage of unemployment benefits

(CNN) - The prospects for passing an extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed got significantly worse Wednesday after two Republican senators who voted with Democrats earlier this week said they will pull their much-needed support unless Democrats come up with a way to pay for the $6.4 billion bill.

Without the votes of Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who voted on Tuesday to begin debate on the bill, Democrats won’t be able to get over a 60 vote threshold needed to break a GOP filibuster and end debate on the measure, which would extend the benefits for the next three months.

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Filed under: Senate • unemployment
January 7th, 2014
12:45 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama calls for unemployment extension as measure clears key Senate hurdle

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama Tuesday amplified his calls for extending emergency unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, saying that passing the measure should be Congress' "first order of business in 2014."

The President made his comments less than an hour after a bill that would provide benefits to 1.3 million Americans for three months cleared its first hurdle in the Senate.
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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama • unemployment
Measure to extend unemployment benefits advances in Senate
January 7th, 2014
11:15 AM ET
4 months ago

Measure to extend unemployment benefits advances in Senate

(CNN) - A $6.4 billion plan to extend unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for another three months cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday. Sixty senators voted to move ahead with debate on the measure - the exact number required for debate to go forward.

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Filed under: Congress • Senate • unemployment
January 6th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
4 months ago

Senate delays test vote on unemployment insurance extension

Updated 6:41 p.m. ET, 1/6/2014

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to delay a key procedural vote originally scheduled for Monday on a $6.4 billion plan to extend long-term unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for another three months.

The vote was rescheduled for Tuesday.

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Filed under: Senate • unemployment
January 6th, 2014
04:29 PM ET
4 months ago

Why have unemployment benefits become a battle?

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans a first vote Tuesday morning toward renewing unemployment benefits for about 1.3 million Americans who lost them when they expired at the end of December.

Democrats and President Barack Obama support the extension - which had been scheduled for a vote Monday evening but Reid delayed the vote until Tuesday - while Republicans generally oppose extending those benefits. And with Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans having a majority in the House, the issue doesn't seem to be one that will be easy to resolve.

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Filed under: Congress • unemployment
Reid blames Republican 'foolishness' for benefits gap
January 5th, 2014
01:07 PM ET
4 months ago

Reid blames Republican 'foolishness' for benefits gap

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Sunday that, while he's hopeful an extension of unemployment benefits will pass the Senate, he railed against Republicans for refusing to pass the measure without offsets, lambasting the GOP for isolating Americans "desperate" and out of work.

"We have never offset emergency spending. That's foolishness," Reid told CNN's Alison Harding.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • House Republicans • unemployment
January 5th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
4 months ago

White House warns Republicans against fighting economic fixes

Washington (CNN) – The President’s top economic adviser warned Republicans that threatening default on the debt limit was risking political peril.

The White House's Director of the National Economic Council told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday morning that Republicans not only risk doing irreparable damage to the economy if they were to risk the full faith and credit of the United States in another political showdown with the Obama administration, but they could also destroy their chances at the polls in November.

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Obama: Extend unemployment insurance
January 4th, 2014
09:16 AM ET
4 months ago

Obama: Extend unemployment insurance

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Saturday called for bipartisan legislation to extend unemployment insurance, an all-important benefit for the longtime out-of-work.

"Just a few days after Christmas, more than 1 million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline - the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job," Obama said in his weekly address.
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Filed under: President Obama • unemployment
January 3rd, 2014
02:32 PM ET
4 months ago

New year, same old fight over jobless benefits

(CNN) - Congress will start the new year with an old fight: whether to extend jobless benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed.

They expired last week when lawmakers failed to continue a 2008 recession-era federal law providing nearly a year of benefits, paid for by U.S. taxpayers, that kicked in when state jobless benefits ran out.

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Filed under: Congress • unemployment
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