Political Musings December 7, 2014: Heller says lame duck Congress will not vote on unemployment benefits extension

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Heller says lame duck Congress will not vote on unemployment benefits extension

By Bonnie K. Goodman

As the lame duck, 113th Congress enters its last few days trying to complete all its unfinished business, one bill it will not be trying to pass is the long-term unemployment benefits extension. It is not as if the…READ MORE
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Political Musings October 28, 2014: Obama, Labor Department boosting unemployment extension by raising benefits

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Obama, Labor Department boosting unemployment extension by raising benefits

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has decided to take matters in their hand, and they are intending to raise unemployment benefits for states with higher unemployment. The Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration (NPRM) announced by…READ MORE

 

 

Political Musings October 12, 2014: Raising minimum wage not unemployment extension top issue for Obama in midterms

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Raising minimum wage not unemployment extension top issue for Obama in midterms

By Bonnie K. Goodman

President Barack Obama has decided to make raising the minimum wage the key issue for the midterm elections in order to help the Democrats maintain control of the Senate. This past week President Obama has brought up…READ MORE

Political Musings September 18, 2014: Weekly jobless claims drops, Congress recesses, unemployment extension ignored

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Weekly jobless claims drops, Congress recesses, unemployment extension ignored

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Congress is about to recess yet again, and once more, they ignored the unemployment benefits extension, while world crises overwhelmed their legislative priorities amidst reports of weekly jobs claims falling. On Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, the Department of Labor released…READ MORE

Political Musings September 5, 2014: August jobs report shows unemployment benefits extension still necessary

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August jobs report shows unemployment benefits extension still necessary

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The Bureau of Labor Statistic released the jobs report for August on Friday morning, Sept. 4, 2014. The numbers were a disappointment with far less jobs created than expected, and the least created in any month in 2014, showing the….READ MORE

Political Musings August 24, 2014: Obama shifts from easing unemployment with benefits extension to job creation

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Obama shifts from easing unemployment with benefits extension to job creation

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The year 2014 started with the main issue revolving America’s unemployment and the expiration and renewal of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program and helped the long-term jobless, but now both Congress and President Barack Obama are…READ MORE

Political Musings August 18, 2014: Levin and House Democrats still support the unemployment benefits extension

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Levin and House Democrats still support the unemployment benefits extension

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Despite the improved short-term unemployment situation in the July jobs report and decrease in unemployment benefits applications Democrats in Congress still widely support extending unemployment benefits. In order to pressure Republicans to vote on the unemployment benefits extension Rep…

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Political Musings August 17, 2014: New research supports GOP unemployment extension opposition

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New research supports GOP unemployment extension opposition

Republicans have been claiming that ending the unemployment benefits extension, was the reason for the recent drop in short-term unemployment in the June and July jobs reports. They also now have the research to back-up their assertion the…READ MORE

Political Musings August 15, 2014: Obama might consider executive action for the unemployment benefits extension

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Obama might consider executive action for the unemployment benefits extension

Since President Barack Obama announced his economic opportunity program during his State of the Union address in January 2014, and he has signed nearly 30 executive actions to help the economic plight of lower income and middle class Americans, but…READ MORE

Political Musings August 6, 2014: Obama emphasizes helping middle class ignores unemployment benefits extension

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Obama emphasizes helping middle class ignores unemployment benefits extension

By Bonnie K. Goodman

President Barack Obama used his pre-August recess press conference held at the White House press briefing room on Friday afternoon, Aug. 1, 2014 and his weekly address released on Saturday morning, Aug. 2, 2014 to boast about the good…READ MORE

 

Political Musings August 4, 2014: Highway Trust Fund bill passes the Senate ends unemployment extension funding

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Highway Trust Fund bill passes the Senate ends unemployment extension funding

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Now that the Senate passed and President Barack Obama signed the Highway Trust Fund extension bill on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 the payment method for the unemployment benefits extension bill has been permanently taken away. The highway bill uses pension…READ MORE

Political Musings July 30, 2014: Dropping unemployment might prevent unemployment extension Congressional passage

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Dropping unemployment might prevent unemployment extension Congressional passage

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The United States Labor Department indicated on Thursday, July 17, 2014 that the weekly unemployment rates fell to their lowest levels since June 2007. The Labor Department received only 3,000 applications for unemployment in that week. The numbers show…READ MORE

Political Musings July 21, 2014: GOP highway fund bill takes away funding from unemployment benefits extension

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GOP highway fund bill takes away funding from unemployment benefits extension

By Bonnie K. Goodman

When the House of Representatives passed the highway funding extension bill on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 they took away the payment method for the unemployment benefits extension bill that the bill’s co-authors Senators Jack Reed, D-RI…READ MORE

Political Musings July 16, 2014: Reid open to adding unemployment extension to Obama’s emergency spending bill

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Reid open to adding unemployment extension to Obama’s emergency spending bill

By Bonnie K. Goodman

After Senator Jack Reed, D-RI issued a statement on Thursday, July 10, 2014 that the long-term unemployment benefits extension should be added to President Barack Obama’s $4.3 billion emergency spending to deal with the immigration…Continue

 

Political Musings July 11, 2014: Reed wants unemployment extension added to Obama border crisis spending bill

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Reed wants unemployment extension added to Obama border crisis spending bill

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Although Sens. Jack Reed, D-RI and Dean Heller, R-NV just released their own new version of a bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits for over 3 million Americans, they have also been looking to ensure its passage…READ MORE

Political Musings July 9, 2014: Heller blames Obama for unemployment benefits extension failure

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Heller blames Obama for unemployment benefits extension failure

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Senator Dean Heller, R-NV, the Republican half of the bipartisan duo working to pass an extension of long-term unemployment benefits is not giving up on the bill as long as his native Nevada has the “second-highest…READ MORE

Political Musings June 28, 2014: House introduces first bipartisan unemployment extension bill pressures Boehner

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Political Musings June 27, 2014: Obama needs to insist that GOP House pass the unemployment benefits extension

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President Barack Obama needs to do more to ensure the passage of the long-term unemployment benefits extension in order to help the over 3 million Americans that have lost benefits since the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired on…READ MORE

Political Musings June 26, 2014: Democrat Harkin prevented unemployment extension passing with jobs training bill

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All the talk is about Speaker of the House of Representative John Boehner, R-OH and the Republican majority in the House preventing the passing of the unemployment benefits extension bill, when a Democrat in the Senate, Tom Harkin of…READ MORE

Political Musings June 25, 2014: Heller and Reed unveil new unemployment extension bill excludes retro payments

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New hope for the over three million long-term jobless Americans was unveiled in the form of a new unemployment benefits extension bill introduced by Senators Jack Reed, D-RI and Dean Heller, R-NV in a joint press conference…READ MORE

Political Musings June 22, 2014: Reed and Heller to introduce new unemployment benefits extension bill to Senate this week

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Reed and Heller to introduce new unemployment extension bill to Senate this week

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Keeping to their promise of “not stopping” or “giving up” Senators Jack Reed, D-RI and Dean Heller, R-NV announced on Friday, June 20, 2014 that they are ready to unveil a new long-term…READ MORE

Political Musings June 13, 2014: Levin launches Witness Wednesdays to pressure GOP to pass unemployment extension

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Levin launches Witness Wednesdays to pressure GOP to pass unemployment extension

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Political Musings June 12, 2014: Heller wants Obama to be involved in unemployment benefits extension negotiation

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Political Musings June 11, 2014: Levin wants unemployment extension be added to tax extenders or highway bills

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Political Musings June 6, 2014: Reid promises to put new unemployment benefits extension deal to a Senate vote

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Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV and Senator Dean Heller, R-NV are discussing putting a new unemployment benefits bill to a Senate vote in the near future according a Thursday, June 5, 2014 report from Congressional Quarterly…READ MORE
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