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October 15, 2014

Obama Administration Announces New Efforts to Boost Hiring of Long-term Unemployed Job Seekers

The Obama administration announced today its latest efforts to improve the job prospects of the nationís nearly three million long-term unemployed. In January, the administration launched a campaign to enlist businesses in a pledge to recruit and hire more long-term unemployed applicants and to refrain from hiring discrimination against them; nearly 300 companies took that pledge. Today, the administration, working with business leaders, human resource professionals, and local public-private workforce partnerships, rolled out significant new steps to boost the hiring of people experiencing long-term unemploymentread more »

June 24, 2014

Senators Reed and Heller Renew Effort to Extend Federal Unemployment Insurance

Nearly a month after House Speaker John Boehner ran out the clock on a Senate-passed bill to renew federal jobless aid for five months, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) today introduced a new bill to revive the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program -- again for five months, but this time, tragically, without the previous bill's retroactive payments provision. read more »

June 1, 2014

House Republican Leaders Run Out the Clock on Senate’s Renewal of Federal Jobless Aid

Doing what they do best, which is nothing, House Republican leaders at the end of last week ran out the clock on the Senateís bipartisan compromise extension of federal unemployment insurance, leaving nearly three million long-term unemployed job-seekers, and tens of thousands more each week, without a lifeline to sustain their families while they look for work. The five-month retroactive extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation crafted during nearly three months of negotiation in the Senate hit its expiration on May 31st.read more »

May 6, 2014

Benefits Cut Off, Unemployed Workers Take to Steps of Capitol to Tell Their Stories

With House Republican leaders refusing for the last month to allow a vote on a Senate-passed bipartisan compromise to renew federal unemployment benefits, unemployed workers cut off of benefits took to the steps of the U.S. Capitol today to tell their personal stories and urge an immediate vote in the House. They were joined by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Representative Sandy Levin of Michigan and a host of members of the House Democratic caucus.read more »

April 7, 2014

Senate Passes Renewal of Federal Jobless Aid - Call Your Representative in the House

The U.S. Senate today voted to pass a bipartisan compromise five-month extension of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), sending the measure on to the House of Representatives on the one-hundredth day since Congressional inaction caused the benefits to be cut off at the end of 2013. With the Senate vote, more than three months of obstruction, delay and foot-dragging were finally overcome by the weight of public pressure from undaunted unemployed workers and their supporters. Now the focus of that pressure shifts to the House, where Republican leaders have stonewalled earlier efforts to renew the federal benefits and have objected to the Senate's bipartisan plan.read more »

March 13, 2014

Senate Agreement Reached to Restore Federal Jobless Aid - Votes Expected Week of March 24

Eleven weeks after the year-end expiration of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and several failed attempts to renew the program since, a bipartisan group of ten Senators late today announced they had agreed to a new five-month, paid-for, retroactive jobless aid extension. The group includes five Democratic and five Republican Senators, who have all signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of the new bill. With a filibuster-proof super-majority of sixty Senators lined up behind the bill, the Senate is expected to take it up early in the week of March 24.read more »

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