Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
Boehner must be realizing now that what keeps his caucus happy is very different than what keeps voters back home happy.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Recap from It's a Free Country.
Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, US Congressman (R-NJ 5th) Scott Garrett discussed unfinished business including the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
We have been hearing stories of struggles in the job market and small triumphs this week on The Takeaway. We’re asking listeners to tell us their stories of how unemployment has affected their lives.
Monday, December 20, 2010
The extension for unemployment benefits that came along with the compromise tax deal is good news for many of the unemployed, but it won’t help the 1.4 million Americans who have been out of a job for over 99 weeks. Alexandra Jarrin is one of the “99ers,” who have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits. She says the Government is "thumbing their noses" at the long-term unemployed and favors other priorities.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
The deadline for Congress to extend benefits to those who have been unemployed for up to 99 weeks is quickly passing. This means that up to two million Americans could lose their unemployment benefits over the next few weeks. Richard Iritano stopped receiving unemployment benefits on March 28, 2010, after 99 weeks without a job. He discusses his experiences as an unemployed American.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Anthony Fraccia hoped that offering a job in Michigan at his small business — a part-time position that would become full-time depending on performance — he'd get plenty of applicants. But one potential employee who called told him they wouldn't take the job because "I make more on unemployment." It took a minute for it all to sink in, but it left Fraccia wondering if extending unemployment benefits was actually bad for business.
Friday, July 23, 2010
This week, Democrats in Congress broke a Republican filibuster and passed legislation to extend unemployment benefits. 2.5 million unemployed people will get payments retroactive to the time they stopped receiving benefits. One of those is Michelle Ives, who got her last check in June, and has resorted to desperate measures while she waited for her check (including taking out a 35 percent loan on her car).
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The Senate is set to vote later today on extending unemployment benefits, just 15 minutes after the new Democratic senator from West Virginia is sworn in to replace Robert Byrd. The new senator’s arrival will give Democrats the last vote they need to overcome a Republican-led filibuster.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
While lawmakers are adjourned this week for the July 4th recess, many of the country's millions of unemployed workers await their return for an expected vote on an extension of unemployment insurance benefits.