Posts tagged "Congress"

Gays Allowed into the Military: A Victory for the GLBT Community

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy enacted in 1993 by the Clinton administration that barred gay people from revealing their sexual identity was lifted in a final vote in the Senate on Saturday.  This is a majority victory for the gay community who has been fighting for equal rights in the military and was concerned... Read more »

Lame Duck Congress, Ducking Issues?

Lame Duck Congress, Ducking Issues?
Decisions made on the federal budget, extension of emergency unemployment benefits, Bush tax cuts, the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and an armed treaty with Russia, all by December 31st? This is highly unlikely as the democrats and republicans wrestle for power and status in the Whitehouse, as President Obama calls meetings... Read more »

How Long Is Too Long for Unemployment Benefits?

How Long Is Too Long for Unemployment Benefits?
The extended unemployment compensation benefits for 2 million people is set to expire at the end of the month as Congress contemplates whether to extend unemployment benefits past the current maximum of 99 weeks. House Democrats have introduced legislation that will extend unemployment benefits for other 3 months.  It is not clear whether the Bill... Read more »
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The Long Road to Recovery: Workers give up on job search

The U.S. unemployment rate in June fell to 9.5% from 9.7% in May as job seekers gave up looking for work.   125,000 jobs were shed for a total of 225,000 jobs including the census workers.  This comes at a time when news of an unemployment extension is rejected for the third time in Congress.  The hardest... Read more »