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Senate to consider amendment that would eliminate ethanol subsidy

By | 06.14.11 | 10:52 am

The U.S. Senate may vote as early as today on an amendment that would eliminate one of the major government subsidies for the production of corn-based ethanol.

Obama hints at unemployment extension push

By | 06.08.11 | 9:51 am

During a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, President Obama suggested that he would like to explore the possibility of extending unemployment benefits again with congressional leaders.

Weekly unemployment claims up again

By | 05.27.11 | 9:24 am

Just when the weekly unemployment claims were starting to go back down after a three-week spike, this week’s new claims jumped up to 424,000. That’s 10,000 more than last week. The four-week average now stands at 438,500.

Supreme Court rejects fast track for health care reform challenge

By | 04.26.11 | 9:41 am

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to immediately hear a legal challenge to President Obama’s health care reform bill without allowing the appeals court to hear the case first.

Unemployment extension meeting scheduled for Thursday on Capitol Hill

By | 04.06.11 | 9:51 am

The meeting that House GOP leaders said they would have with the two legislators who are pushing for the establishment of a Tier 5 for unemployment insurance that would give an additional 14 weeks of benefits for the long-term jobless will happen on Thursday.

American Lung Association speaks out against restrictions on EPA

By | 03.31.11 | 9:53 am

The American Lung Association is speaking out strongly against a bill that would remove the EPA’s ability to regulate activities that produce greenhouse gases, including an amendment offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would eliminate that regulation for two years.

House passes unemployment and tax cut extensions, Fla. delegation mostly in favor

By | 12.17.10 | 8:29 am

The U.S. House of Representatives passed President Obama’s compromise bill to extend the Bush tax cuts in full for two years and federal unemployment benefits for one year late last night after first rejecting an amendment to change the estate tax provisions of the agreement.

Poll: Strong support for unemployment extension

By | 12.14.10 | 10:19 am

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found strong public support for most of the elements of President Obama’s compromise deal with Republicans that would extend the Bush tax cuts and federal unemployment benefits — particularly the unemployment extension, which was favored by more than a 2-1 margin.

Unemployment benefits extension: What happens now?

By | 12.13.10 | 12:11 pm

With the Christmas recess and the seating of a new Congress looming, the Senate will kick off what should be a make-or-break week for the prospect of extending unemployment benefits and tax cuts by holding a cloture vote at 3 p.m. today.

Unemployment extension update: Where are we now?

By | 06.29.10 | 1:10 pm

The battle continues behind the scenes in Congress as the Democratic leadership tries to pass another extension of unemployment benefits, with or without various other provisions in a larger package of tax reforms and boosts to funding for states facing…

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