Congress excluded a subsidy for 'COBRA' from the unemployment-benefits extension. As of June 1, thousands of unemployed face higher insurance costs.
Unemployed Americans who take parttime or temp work may find that their unemployment benefits get cut after that job ends. It's a disincentive to work, but Congress is moving to remedy that.
President Obama is pushing for passage of healthcare reform by month’s end. Is ‘reconciliation’ that obscure?
Senate Democrats should pass Obama's healthcare plan with 51 votes. Trying to win over Republicans is a waste of time.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says he's focused on a leaner bill that will 'create jobs immediately.' He's also aware that voters are angry with the way government is working, particularly in terms of federal budget deficits.
With major airports and the federal government shut down, effects from this week's snow storm will linger beyond the time needed to dig out. The unemployed may be impacted by Congress' snow days, unless lawmakers are able to rush through a bill extending their benefits.
Full text of President Obama's State of the Union address
Economic recovery in 2010 is likely to fall short on job growth. But higher jobless figures might not be a bad thing – if it signals people are looking for jobs again.
Obama’s jobs plan is an ambitious attempt to spur a pace of hiring that’s far below normal. Small-business tax breaks, infrastructure spending, and energy efficiency are key areas.