“Last Call for Unemployment Benefits”


MSNBC

By Suzy Khimm

People fill out application forms before a screening session for seasonal jobs at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York on March 4, 2014.SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS
People fill out application forms before a screening session for seasonal jobs at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York on March 4, 2014.SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

“Over 2 million people now without unemployment benefits”


MSNBC

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“The Quiet Death Of Long-Term Unemployment Insurance In 2013”


THE HUFFINGTON POST

By Sam Stein and Arthur Delaney

WASHINGTON — The looming expiration of federal unemployment benefits raises the question of whether Democratic lawmakers bungled the debate.

Though Congress can still act retroactively, Democrats‘ goal had been to pass an extension of the benefits before Dec. 28, when they are set to expire. The administration and allies on the Hill tried to attach a provision to the budget deal passed in mid-December. But by the time they began engaging the fight, few Democrats seemed particularly attentive and Republicans were more than comfortable running out the clock.

Now, with Congress in recess, long-term unemployment insurance will come to an end for 1.3 million Americans, potentially costing 240,000 jobs, according to the White House‘s Council of Economic Advisers. Was it inevitable? Or was it a case of political mismanagement?

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“Obama Pushes To Save The Holiday Season For A Million Unemployed People”


THE HUFFINGTON POST

By Sam Stein and Arthur Delaney

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday came out strongly in support of extending long-term unemployment insurance past its current expiration date.

Top economic adviser Gene Sperling said in a statement to The Huffington Post there is “no question” that Congress should extend emergency unemployment insurance for the more than 1 million workers who could be affected when benefits expire between Christmas and the New Year.

“We have always done so when unemployment is this high and would make little sense to fail to do so now when we are still facing the burdens of the worst downturn since the Great Recession,” Sperling said. “It is high bang for the buck for the economy, reduces poverty and helps workers who lost jobs due to no fault of their own get back on their feet.”

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Seniors, Our Doctor’s Will Not Have Their Payments Cut for 10 Months


AMA Patients' Action Network

Congress passes 10-month SGR patch

Dear GoodOleWoody:

Last week Congress passed a 10-month patch to the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula stopping a potentially devastating 27 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians on March 1 that would have negatively impacted seniors’ access to care and choice of physician. This agreement was part of a larger legislative package tied to the extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. MORE

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